Police can't cope with protests, IFP claims

2012-08-21 21:35

Johannesburg - Police officers are not properly trained to deal with violent protests, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Tuesday.

"The SA Police Service is inadequately trained to deal with many forms of violent protests and some of the members do not even qualify to carry firearms," MP Velaphi Ndlovu said in a statement.

He was reacting to the deaths of 34 workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana when police opened fire on them on Thursday.

"What is abundantly clear is that the leaders of our government are not listening to the concerns that are consistently brought to light."

Ndlovu accused unions of holding the country to ransom, harming the economy and destroying the future of South African children.

He said it made no sense for a senior union leader to earn over R1m per year while members were struggling to get a decent salary.

In May, the Mail & Guardian online reported that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni earned over R1.4m a year.

Ndlovu said: "The lack of leadership in all spheres of our government is destroying the very fabric of our society."

He said the shooting was an example of the consequence of absent leadership.

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-21 21:45

    You lucky they ain't properly trained. You would have had more deaths

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-21 21:55

    The ANC opposition is going to make use if every excuse to drive in nails in to the sides of the ANC after this. Would be interesting to see the outcome of this in the future. Maybe it is a turning point in SA politics or maybe not....will be watching this space

  • michil.chegwidden - 2012-08-21 21:59

    IFP and Malema trying to gain some browning points, Issshhh pathetic. To all the police which were defending their lives there We are proud of you and justice will prevail on the culprits and don't be surprise if it is expelled ANCYL ????

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2012-08-21 22:21

    More than 34 people are killed daily that was not protesting, believed to be in safty of their homes, work places or walking in streets just to relax, no day, hour or minute given for mourning. Nothing or very little is said about the SAP members,security gaurds that was murdered by these people.Lastly what is said of farm murders, general crime, not a major problem, no special investigation, no inquiry at all. The ANC is using this to score political points, sending ministers etz.

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-08-21 22:36

    union leaders don't represent dey members as de suppose. After electing dem, u will c dey character. dey will only push 4 themselves, get leanerships, promotions & many more. all des frustrate members. No leadership at all

  • Rinae Khotsia Audrey Khorommbi - 2012-08-21 23:45

    police they don't have displene

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-08-22 03:13

    cheap political points. nice part is every dog has its day, @ Chill what Brown points? you can front as much as you can ever do one thing remains, no sane black person will ever vote DA despite the condition.

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-22 04:29

    Has nothing to do with politics this is a takeover num will be removed because amcu operates in violence they did the same at impala mine what's next Anglo?

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