South African protests costing police

South African protests costing police

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has called on the public to minimise the amount of protests in South Africa, saying it “redirects vital police resources”.

Nhleko was speaking at a business stakeholder breakfast meeting at the eBandla Hotel in Ballito on Friday where the ministry hoped to intervene on high violent crime levels in the iLembe District north of Durban.

He said protests, especially those that centred on the drought crisis, hampered police resources that could be used to identify violent crime.

“I think we must understand that when this happens, police have to leave their areas of patrol, their administrations and a number of other important functions. We understand that the matter is vital. But there is not much that can be done about this. We do not control the water crisis.

“We are also saying that people must not vandalise property and become unruly when they protest. We must be civil about how we exercise these actions.”

The MEC for community liaison and transport Willis Mchunu also touched on protests saying they were often politically motivated.

“I think we see a lot of these protests emerging during the build up to elections. There are many elements within communities that have the wrong intentions.”

Source: News24

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