- Minister Bheki Cele has highlighted that SAPS members may use lethal force when it comes to defending themselves and citizens
- The Police Minister recently gave details of complaints levied against police during a sitting of the NCOP
- Since March, when the Covid-19 lockdown was implemented, 49 instances of police brutality have been reported
Police Minister Bheki Cele says that, while police brutality is not supported, officers are allowed to use deadly force.
Issuing a stern warning during a National Council of Provinces sitting, Cele said that cops are legally permitted to shoot to kill when it comes to defending themselves and citizens.
Detailing complaints laid against the South African Police Service, Cele noted that 49 cases had been reported:
"Of the investigations, 36 were so far finalised. Of that 36 cases, 20 were found to be valid charges and one resulted in disciplinary action against an officer. No criminal charges have been instituted in any of the matters that were finalised."
Cele explained that when a case of police brutality is reported an investigation will be carried out before the officer can face any charges.
The minister explained that while the police are also subjected to the law, the use of deadly force is legal under certain circumstances:
"Police are constantly reminded of the human rights framework they work under. Nobody supports police brutality, but police will use proportional force to defend themselves and protect innocent lives. They are also allowed to use deadly force and that is what the law says, not me."
Briefly.co.za reported that the murder of African American George Floyd had propelled the action of police officers around the world into the spotlight.
The officers responsible for the death of the man that sparked global Black Lives Matter protests are facing serious charges over the incident, which was caught on tape.
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