Cops managed 12 000 protests - Mthethwa

2013-09-19 14:17

Pretoria - Police handled more than 12 000 public protests during the 2012/2013 financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

"Over the past four years, a total of 46 180 incidents were attended to and all were successfully stabilised, with 14 843 arrests effected," he said at the release of the 2012/2013 crime statistics in Pretoria.

These were made up of 41 104 peaceful and 5 076 violent protests by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu), protests in De Doorns in the Western Cape, Marikana in the North West, and Zamdela in the Free State.

"During 2012/13 alone, police managed 12 399 public incidents. Of these 10 517 were peaceful and 1 882 were violent public protests with a total of 693 various criminal cases reported," Mthethwa said.

"Most of the cases were reported in the Western Cape and North West provinces. Currently, stability has been restored."

  • NicolasGombert - 2013-09-19 14:24

    Is this the new mission of the cops? Quelling protest marchers who are mostly protesting about the ANC's ability to overpromise and underdeliver? What happend to good old fashioned crime fighting?

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-09-19 15:22

      Why are these protests allowed to happen in the first place ? I know all about constitutional rights and nonsense like that - but if there weren't protests, the Police might, and I add might catch a killer or two. Useless bunch of SAPS !

      Cyberjerk Ingram - 2013-09-19 15:24

      Wonder for how long they will be able to contain protests...........and what will happen if they can’t?

      Travis Vermaak - 2013-09-19 16:00

      ANC's definition of creating employment.

  • Aborted News - 2013-09-19 14:33

    "Over the past four years, a total of 46 180 incidents were attended to and all were successfully stabilised, with 14 843 arrests effected," Minister try saying that with Marikana tragedy in the sentence

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-09-19 14:35

    All 12000 protests coz of corrupt anc

      Travis Vermaak - 2013-09-19 15:15

      @EFF Boer You say that like EFF is actually a viable alternative. Yet the ANCYL is in a shambles and in debt after Malema's stint and you want him to be president. You suck your reasoning out of your thumb.

      Travis Vermaak - 2013-09-19 15:54

      @EFF Boer A 'white' person backing a clown that loves to sing a song called "Shoot the boer". So you support racism?... against yourself?

  • Frans Frederik Fourie - 2013-09-19 14:40

    This goverment is like the Titanic, they always try to do something on the ship. They see the iceberg they talked about it, blame the iceberg on apartheid. Point is it will sink............. Unless Zuma learn only 1 thing from white people " You're fired, Nathi"

  • Rebecca Smith - 2013-09-19 14:50

    no surprise if the cANCer government is pinching all the dosh and don't deliver, then what do you expect from a country that expects to get everything for free without having to work for it, you have set the example dodos

  • Funwithgoats - 2013-09-19 15:33

    How many tons of KFC did you arrogant bastards eat.

  • Liz - 2013-09-19 15:38

    Apart from being used to manage protests and strike action, cops are heavily used to protect ministers houses and to handle blue- light convoys. Not many left to protect the citizens of this country :(

  • louise.cook.127 - 2013-09-20 00:06

    And I suppose the protests are NOT about people's basic rights? So why not deliver service and quality education so the cops can get on with policing? Who's fault are the protests? Do away with protests by DELIVERING! Stupid minister - go back on honeymoon - you're an idiot!

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