110 more police members deployed in KwaMashu

2012-10-08 16:26

Stop searches, road blocks and shebeen raids are among the measures 110 additional police members deployed in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, will employ amid a tense situation following incidents of political violence over the weekend.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega agreed to the deployment of an additional 110 members from the tactical response team and public order policing unit following an outbreak of violence between members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and break-away party the National Freedom Party (NFP) over the weekend.

Problems started on Friday when IFP councillor Themba Xulu was abducted by a group posing as police officers. His body was found in Inanda yesterday afternoon.

IFP members then allegedly retaliated by attacking the homes of NFP members in the area on Saturday.

Another IFP member was gunned down during clashes.

Commenting on the deployment of additional police members, police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: “They arrive(d) today from their respective provinces.

“Obviously we have members of the (provincial) tactical response team, the public order policing unit as well as the KwaMashu SAPS who are also deployed in the area but that will all depend on what else is happening around the province. But the 110 will strictly be there full time,” said Naicker.

He described the situation as “still tense”.

When asked how soon arrests can be expected, Naicker said: “We can’t go around knocking down doors and arresting people. We need solid evidence to put before the courts once people are charged.

“We are confident that they will be making arrests. The investigations are being overseen by General Ngcobo, the head of detectives in the province,” said Naicker.

Naicker said the situation would be reviewed on a daily and weekly basis. “There is no end day (for the deployment of the additional members). They will be here until we are satisfied that there is stability and that their presence is no longer needed.”

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