Govt must investigate alleged racism at Modimolle police station - Cosatu

2017-04-26 19:11
SA Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Modimolle - Protesting Cosatu members in Modimolle have called on the government to investigate allegations of racism at the local police station.

Cosatu deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe told marchers on Wednesday that racism was still prevalent, and accused senior police management of failing to root it out at the station.

"We are going to ask the police minister and provincial commissioner to remove this woman here," he said, pointing to acting station commander Louisa Harmse.

Cosatu also claimed that the Boeremag was masquerading as the community policing forum, and that they threatened and harassed black people.

"I was told that they move with police, assaulting our own workers. It can't be correct," said Phetoe.

"There are farmers who continue to kill workers, mistaken for baboons.. workers continue to be killed, mistaken for pigs," he said.

Cosatu's Limpopo secretary Gerald Thwala said the ghost of racism still haunted South Africa. He presented at least four pending racism related cases, where victims had been "mistaken for animals" and shot.

Thwala said some white farm owners escaped justice by claiming that police had tampered with investigations.

Harmse said she would respond to the memorandum.

Phetoe also used the march as an opportunity to campaign for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be elected as president during the upcoming ANC elective conference.

"Let's go to branch meetings and make sure that Cyril become the next president in December," he said.

He reiterated Cosatu's call for Zuma to go.

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