Coronavirus: Cops facing murder charges relating to lockdown brutality

Coronavirus: Cops facing murder charges relating to lockdown brutality

- Police officers are facing three counts of murder and other serious charges relating to the use excessive force

- This comes after numerous incidents of misconduct surfaced on social media amid the current 21-day lockdown

- Evidently, President Cyril Ramaphosa's call for a kind-hearted approach to the operation has gone ignored by some

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The number of deaths allegedly at the hands of law enforcement personnel is now equal to the coronavirus fatalities in South Africa.

News24 reports that police officers are facing three murder charges in addition to other serious counts as a result of alleged use of excessive force.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is probing three murder cases in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Spokesperson Sontaga Seisa confirmed the investigation, adding that three citizens perished as a result of police action

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IPID spokesperson Sontaga Seisa said they were investigating two cases of murder in the Western Cape and one in Gauteng.

"Since the inception of the Covid-19 lockdown, the IPID has taken a proactive approach and ensured that its services continue to be rendered to all the deserving citizens of South Africa while the country is fighting the dangerous coronavirus."

Thus far, the IPID has already received 21 complaints against the authorities including six cases of discharging firearms, three of assault and one of corruption. reported that politicians had denounced the instances of violence against citizens surfacing on social media in recent times.

One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane had called on the government to ensure restrictions are enforced, but not at the expense of civilian rights.

With the current lockdown only on the fifth day, concerns have been raised over the conduct of both the SAPS and SANDF.

This comes despite President Cyril Ramaphosa urging authorities to carry out their mission with kindness, discouraging officials from taking a 'skop and donner' approach to the situation in a time of uncertainty and fear.

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