ID wants answers to police brutality

The Independent Democrats in the Western Cape called on the provincial government to investigate...

South African Police Service officers on duty. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The Independent Democrats in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Western Cape called on the provincial government to investigate claims of abuse at the hands of Elsies River Police.

The ID said it had been contacted by two teenagers, who claimed they were recently assaulted by officers while walking home.

It wanted Community Safety MEC Patrick McKenzie and Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros to investigate.

The party’s Rodney Lentit said it would help the youths’ families to lodge a complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate.

“If the brother insists he did nothing wrong he did nothing wrong then why was it necessary for the particular police officials to act they way they did? This is other than abuse of power and a blatant police brutality,” said Lentit.

McKenzie said he had not been informed of the incident.

“If the independent democrats has got any information saying that a police officer has acted that way then I think its disgusting of a police officer to act that way, if that is true,” said McKenzie.

<place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Elsies<placename w:st="on">River police were not available for comment.