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POPCRU condemns the aggravated violation against police in Vanderbijlpark
12 October 2017
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) notes with contempt the aggravated violent acts displayed in a video doing rounds within social media platforms.
Through engaging with our structures in the Vanderbijlpark area, it is understood that on Tuesday morning, our K9 Police officials got a tip-off about 2 properties in the area which were used as drug havens.
Acting on the tip-off, 6 police officials with 2 vehicles went to investigate the matter, and upon arrival, they found a group of Nigerian foreign nationals who were both inside and outside the house alleged to be harbouring these drugs.
Upon entering the house, they found a suspect in the first room in possession of large quantities of dagga, the second suspect in the second room with unspecified drugs, and a third suspect in the third room, also with unspecified drugs. It is alleged that when the third suspect saw police come into the room, he swallowed an unspecified item, which shortly led to him to him getting a fit.
It is understood that when an ambulance was called and arrived, the foreign nationals in the yard refused it entry for some time, and that was when the widely circulated confrontation started with the police. It was only after this that the ambulance people could attend to the 3rd suspect.
This led to the foreign nationals accusing the police of killing their friend, and further got the situation aggravated, resulting in the stabbing of an officer and the injury of 5 others. These police officers were all released from hospital today.
We are against any form of brutality, be it against police or community members. It is also unacceptable that police officials are disrupted from conducting their duties. The conduct displayed by these foreign nationals in preventing law enforcement officers from doing their job is completely unacceptable, and as POPCRU, we want to call for a full investigation into this matter for a speedy resolution.
Our members will never stand idle when their fellow colleagues are being victimised and when our country is under attack by way of destroying our youth through the supply and use of drugs.
We encourage our men and women in blue not to be discouraged by such unfortunate and reckless acts by those who think they are above the law, and do all in their might to enforce law and order within our communities.
All those implicated must face the law. The time where criminals want to disguise as victims of police is over.
Issued by POPCRU on 12/10/2017
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