Ipid: Plan to monitor protests

2013-04-24 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Investigators from the police watchdog will attend protests in future.

At present, officers of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) arrived at the scene only after the event, Koekie Mbeki, acting head of Ipid, said yesterday.

Lessons had been learnt from Marikana and the Boland farm protests, she told MPs. “We want to make sure that whenever there is a protest, we are there, before an incident that falls within our mandate occurs.”

Ipid is also planning to train its investigators to take photos and film the scenes.

This decision arose after seven policemen were acquitted of charges related to the death of Andries Tatane, which was widely seen on TV, said Matthews Sesoko, acting project manager for investigations.

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