‘Remove laxmi’: Top cop draws flak for ruling

2012-05-04 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has called for strong action to be taken against a senior Pinetown policeman who reportedly ordered several Hindu police officers to remove the red laxmi string — a religious symbol of blessing and a form of protection — from their wrists.

Brigadier Owen Yamani Zama, the station commander at Pinetown police station, gave the instruction on the basis that the wearing of the wrist band was a violation of the police dress code.

“We have referred the matter to our colleague in the National Assembly, DA community safety spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard, for follow-up with the acting national police commissioner”, the DA said.

Zama reportedly said the same principle applied to black policemen who wore isiphandla, bracelets made of goat hide. Lieutenant Yoga Gounden, the regional chair of the South African Police Union has lodged a complaint with the provincial commissioner.

The DA called for a full investigation into Brigadier Zama’s conduct. — WR.

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