'Ministry doesn't condone police brutality'

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Sunday visited an alleged victim of police brutality in Mahikeng.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has used his visit to an alleged victim of police brutality in the North West to remind the public that only a minority of his force abuse their powers. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

MAHIKENG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa used his visit to an alleged police brutality victim in the North West to remind the public that only a minority of his force abuse and attack community members.

On Sunday, he visited court interpreter Morgan Motlhala who was allegedly dragged through a street with a police car in Mahikeng on March 7.

He sustained serious injuries.

A police officer has since been charged with attempted murder.

Motlhala was apparently trying to defend a teenager who was being harassed by the officer and a colleague.

Mthethwa said they are strengthening the support programmes for police in a bid to ensure that officers go to work with the right attitude towards the public.

"Officers in their numbers are out there and are fighting crime. I think that point must always be underscored, especially for people who do everything to dedicate themselves in that fight."

The minister added he still had confidence in his force, despite the recent bad publicity it has received.

But Mthethwa said they would continue to act against those who abuse their power as law enforcement officers.

"There has never been a situation where government and this ministry in particular would have in anyway supported any unlawful and brutal act by the police."

Officer Mbali Phetha is due back in court on Wednesday for his formal bail application.