Ngobeni allays cops’ IPID fears

2012-10-16 00:00

PROVINCIAL commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni yesterday met with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on the handling of a police shooting at Pinetown.

This follows reports on social media that police in KwaZulu-Natal intended to strike after dissatisfaction over IPID’s handling of the case.

One of the men suspected of killing police officer Ajith Krishanlal during a heist at a KFC in New Germany recently, was killed in an exchange of fire with police.

Ngobeni, who met the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and SA Policing Union (Sapu) prior to the IPID meeting, indicated that it was never the intention of police members to go on strike.

IPID said it is currently policy that in all cases where a person is killed by police, whether in the line of duty or not, a murder docket has to be opened. This might change if the police and IPID agree on a memorandum of understanding that would foster better working relations and understanding of each other’s roles.

Ngobeni said: “We will be speaking to our members to allay fears that IPID members are insensitive to the killing of police officers. I am very grateful that Koekie Mbeki and her team agreed to meet us.”

Mbeki: “In respect of the Pinetown incident, no arrests have been made and no charges have been brought against anyone. Both parties affirm that the law allows the police the right to defend themselves and others when faced with life threatening situations.”

IPID and the police condemned the killing of police officers and believe that all efforts should be made to bring the culprits to book.

No police strike was reported in the province.

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