Tatane: arrests welcomed

2011-04-17 17:53

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa welcomed the arrest of six policemen in connection with the death of Andries Tatane in Ficksburg during a service delivery protest.

"We have confidence that our criminal justice system will ensure that any person found to have done any wrong, including police officers, is accordingly punished," Mthethwa said in a statement.

"As it were, when we appealed to all in society last week to afford those who police the police, that is, the Independent Complaints Directorate, to do its work without fear or favour, we did so with full confidence in this institution."

The ministry noted the accusations made that Mthethwa was taking a defensive reactive approach to the incident. It said it would always advocate a thorough investigation and would not draw premature conclusions. The six policemen remained innocent until proven guilty, it said.

Mthethwa said he had been consistent in his stance that those who broke the law had to be punished.

"We emphasised that police must at all material times, conduct themselves in a manner that is reminiscent of disciplined cops who respect the principles of human dignity and rights."

The ICD today announced that the six policemen had been arrested.

The men, arrested yesterday, were from the public order police unit in Bloemfontein, ICD spokesman Moses Dlamini said.

The residents of Meqheleng township were marching to the Ficksburg municipal offices on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum relating to service delivery issues when the incident took place.


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