Social Development Dept. condemns arrest of street people
By Kim Saulse
21 May 2010
The City’s Social Development Department said it will launch an investigation into an alleged police operation that led to the unjust arrest of about 40 street people.
Mayoral Committee Member Grant Pascoe said if the allegations are proven to be true; it will be condemned in the “strongest possible terms”.
“Street People are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and have the same rights as any other South African citizen. If someone living on the street breaks the law, there must be consequences,” said Pascoe.
Pascoe added that the victimization of any of the city’s residents is intolerable, “no matter how powerless they are perceived to be”.