Police was exemplary during #Feesmustfall protests - Zuma

2015-12-18 17:47
SAPS memorial Pretoria. (Thomas Hartleb, News24)

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Cape Town - Police killings, public order policing’s handling of the #Feesmustfall  protests and the allegations of misconduct against suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega were highlighted in President Jacob Zuma's reflections on the year.

In his end of the year statement on Friday, Zuma said public order policing came under sharp focus due to the number of protests.

“Police have been directed to manage the protests effectively, but with restraint and proportional use of force. They demonstrated their capability to do this in an exemplary fashion during the policing of the #FeesMustFall campaign by students.”

He also condemned the killing of the more than 50 police officers this year. “The message to our police officers is not ambiguous. When they are under attack in the course of executing their duties, they must defend themselves and members of the public effectively but within the parameters of the laws of the country.”

Zuma said rhino poaching was now a matter of national security, and that the country’s rhino poaching initiatives had scored some success.

He also reflected on the Marikana massacre and the findings of the Farlam commission. These included the establishment of a board of inquiry to look into Phiyega’s fitness to hold office.

On the claims of family members of miners who were killed at Marikana, he said state lawyers had been instructed to invite the legal representatives of all the claimants to a round table discussion to be held in January.

“The meeting will be aimed at discussing the process to resolve the claims in a manner which is transparent, effective and expeditious.”

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