SAHRC concerned about police torture

2010-11-08 16:06

Durban - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) expressed concern on Monday about reports of police torture.

“The commission is urging the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to fast-track the combating of torture bill,” said SAHRC spokesperson Vincent Moaga.

The bill would ensure South Africa complied with its obligation to prevent torture.

“The act of torture is not a recognised statutory crime in South Africa. Torture legislation is needed so that the criminal justice system can deal more effectively with acts of torture.”

Moaga said the commission was concerned about reports of violence and abuse of people in police custody.

The commission called for an establishment of a "national preventative mechanism" (NPM). It would consist of regular visits to all places where people were deprived of their freedom.

“The establishment of a NPM has been demonstrated as an effective tool to prevent torture.”