Police brutality seminar underway

IPID’s Moses Dlamini has called on the police to think twice before using force.

IPID’s Moses Dlamini has called on the police to think twice before using force.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Thursday said officers must think about the implications of using force and make sure their actions comply with international codes of conduct.

IPID's Moses Dlamini is one of the speakers at a seminar on police brutality being held in Pretoria by the Institute of Security Studies.

Dlamini has mentioned various cases including the torture and murder of taxi driver Mido Macia, but said not all police officers were guilty of brutality.

"We expect police officers to be circumspect when they have to use force. They must think about the implications."

In 2012, there were 720 deaths in custody or deaths caused by police action while IPID received almost 5,000 reports to deal with.

In August, at least 44 people were killed during clashes with police in Marikana.

The miners were demanding a salary increase when they were shot at by police.

However, police maintain they had no option but to shoot as the miners were advancing on them.

A commission of inquiry is currently underway to establish what happened.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros, who is standing in for National Commissioner Riah Phiyega, is also due to speak at the seminar.