Police ready to ensure 'safe Sona'

2016-02-09 13:46

Parliament – The South African Police Service is ready for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Parliament heard on Tuesday.

The SAPS assured Parliament’s police committee on Tuesday that all systems were in place for them to deliver a "safe Sona".

This was in response to a question from committee chairperson Francois Beukman, who wanted reassurances that police were ready for any eventualities.

Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya told the committee that they had an operational plan ready and had deployed "forces".

"We are not going to be apologetic about executing our mandate [within the law]," she said.

She appealed to everyone who would be attending the State of the Nation Address to ensure they abided by the law.

A passionate Mgwenya told the committee that they were ready for any law breakers, and that they would be doing whatever was expected of them.

She did not give details of the operations.

The police were briefing the portfolio committee on various police training programmes around the country.

Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address on Thursday February 11.

Three organisations - the Democratic Alliance, Zuma Must Fall and the Ses’Khona movement - have been given permission to protest on that day around the Cape Town CBD. 

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