Thursday, April 28, 2011

Incidents of police brutality defended as “isolated”

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 April 2011

National police chief Bheki Cele's office has reacted to increasing reports of alleged police brutality by insisting that the incidents are isolated.

Spokesperson Nonkululeko Mbatha is quoted as saying the examples should not be brought “into one issue” to cloud the matter.

She admits that members sometimes act beyond what is expected of them, but says transgressions are investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate.

In the most recent report of police allegedly assaulting or killing unarmed civilians, 45-year-old Jeanette Odendaal was shot dead outside the Kempton Park police station on the East Rand on Tuesday night.


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