Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mthethwa calls for the public to let the law take its course in Brits

Lusanda Bill
14 January 2014

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called for calm and respect for the rule of law in Brits in the North West. 

This is after two people were killed during service delivery protest allegedly by police.  Residents were protesting over water shortage in the area.  The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the matter. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the constitution does not guarantee people to go out there and intimated others, attack the police and become violent.  That is why it is called upon the public to allow the IPID to conduct its own investigation. 

Mnisi added that the Minister Mthethwa has assured the public that if any police officers are proven to have been involved in the killing of the two people, the full might of the law will take its course. 

Meanwhile North West Premier Thandi Modise has also called for calm in Brits.  Modise said our hard won democracy guarantees people the right to peaceful protest but unnecessary confrontations and loss of lives is unacceptable. 

Premier Modise‚Äôs Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said Modise is saddened by the death of the two people which unconfirmed reports suggest four people died. 

Kgwele said the public needs to assist the IPID in their investigation. 



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