Human rights for all in SA‚ including police officers‚ says SAHRC
Policing is a dangerous job‚ “but there is no justification that their service to the people of South Africa should lead to their untimely deaths”‚ the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said. The SAHRC joined the wave of condemnation the recent spate of police killings that saw “as many as seven police officers killed in the last couple of weeks”.“The SAHRC wishes to reinforce the constitutional idea that human rights‚ and in this situation particularly‚ the right to life and dignity‚ is for all in South Africa‚ including police officers‚” the organisation’s Isaac Mangena said. “All of South Africa’s inhabitants should respect the South African Police Service (SAPS)‚ especially considering the unpredictable nature of their job.“The SAHRC condemns the wave of lawlessness that our country is experiencing at so many levels. Criminal conduct such as these killings must have consequences and perpetrators cannot continue with these crimes with impunity.”The SAHRC said it wanted a “full investigation into these brutal crimes‚ and for our communities to assist the police wherever they can so that those who contravene the law are dealt with swiftly and within the confines of the law”.