Human rights body concerned about ‘police brutality’

2010-11-08 10:52

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) expressed concern today

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 in a statement.

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.”


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