Probe cops over Kazi attack - DA

2012-08-13 22:25

Johannesburg - Reports that two policemen stood by when a Muhammad Fayaaz Kazi was attacked in Magaliesburg last week should be investigated, the DA said on Monday.

The party would write to the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID), asking it to conduct the probe, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said.

"The IPID must investigate the conduct of these SAPS members and provide answers to the community as to why these police officers did nothing," she said in a statement.

"The simple answer that they were off-duty is not good enough."

Kazi and his friend Anser Mahmood were at a Chicken Licken outlet in the town last Monday when they were attacked by two men.

Kazi apparently confronted them for insulting him about his beard. A fight broke out. Kazi died in hospital on Tuesday.

Rapport newspaper reported that two police officers were at the scene when Kazi was attacked, but refused to help as they were off duty.

Kohler Barnard said the two officers should have arrested the men on the spot.

"This is not conduct befitting those who are supposed to protect us and keep us safe," she said.

  • John - 2012-08-14 00:25

    Omission is a crime. Charge the cops! they could have ordered all able bodied men to assist in the arrest of all involved in an affray which is a scedule one offence. Anyone failing to assist is also guilty of an offence. POLICY ENFORCERS are useless THUGS! Charge them!

      richard.wilken.7 - 2012-08-14 08:02

      @Phumlani Madlala: I can't see where they say it's "afrikanders (like you said.)" that did this? And I don't know a lot of "afrikanders" who even go eat at a that place. And even if the cops were "afrikanders" they should still be investigated. So keep your little racist comments to yourself troll.

      andreas.meyer.12327 - 2012-08-22 21:54

      Well, the cops advised them to make charges at the police station. And since both sides acted violently the cops could not know which side was at fault.

  • teleki.maker - 2012-08-14 00:52

    They are all incompetent and they have learned from the best,begin from the begining,zuma,cele and new one,who is that woman?

  • bernpm - 2012-08-14 01:15

    Can we have race and religion of these two cops??

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-08-14 07:18

    I agree with the DA on these one. Civilians being attacked infront of those willing to protect and serve. Aint the taxpayers paying their salaries.

      phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-08-15 19:45

      what a salary? Danger allows of R400 its not worth life of those police officers... Police officers they also pay tax...

  • nasiefa.jacksonlazarus - 2012-08-14 08:46

    everyone is losing focus here, an innocent man was killed because of he's appearance that's just sick !!!!!!!! i dont care whether the people behind it was black, white, coloured, indian, pink, green, purple whoever is responsible should pay! finish klaar end of

      Warwick - 2012-08-14 09:31

      Yes, innocent whites are attacked and killed and raped in there homes, cars and farms almost every day and not a peep from anyone.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-14 14:48

    Maybe the DA and everybody els must wait until the police has done its job and then for the courtcase to be concluded before judgment. The newspapers is making a mistake on reporting on hearsy and is just stirring as usal. And this time the DA is jumping on the bandewagon.

      andreas.meyer.12327 - 2012-08-22 21:55

      I got that feeling as well.

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