The police Management in the Northern Cape is disturbed by the allegations made on social media that police are in cahoots with the African National Congress and the Sol Plaatje Municipality.
We would like to put it on record that, as the police we are mandated by Section 205 (3) of the constitution to “prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property and to uphold and enforce the law” therefore we will at all times uphold and enforce the law regardless of the political affiliation.
The message circulated today, 24 July 2018 implies that the police together with the ruling party wanted to disrupt the meeting held on Sunday, 22 July 2018. As the police we were there to maintain public order and ensure the safety and security of communities as per our mandate.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Risimati Peter Shivuri strongly condemns these rumours as they not only defame him and the organisation but also instil panic and distrust among the public.
The constitution of South Africa allows any citizen of the country to voice their concerns without breaking the law.
The police will never refuse anyone to protest as long as the application of the march has met all necessary requirements as stipulated by the regulation of Gatherings Act 205 of 1993. As the police we will not tolerate any lawlessness hence a multidisciplinary approach has been taken ever since the beginning of the unrests.
Different units from SAPS such as Public Order Poling, Tactical Response Team, K9 Unit and other units have been deployed in order to ensure that our constitutional mandate is carried out in the best possible way.
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