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Police accused of harrassment

The SJC has staged a sit-in outside the provincial commissioner's office in defence of Angy Peter.

Khayelitsha Police Station

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is demanding senior police officials intervene in alleged police harassment of one of their members.

The civic organisation's activist Angy Peter, who is involved in the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing, was arrested last week on charges of alleged kidnapping.

She is currently being held in Pollsmoor prison and will appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's court tomorrow for a bail application.

Peter has been arrested various times in the past year. In April the Mail & Guardian reported police tried to arrest Peter at her shack twice in one weekend, also on charges of alleged kidnapping.

Members of the coalition are staging a sit-in outside the provincial commissioner's office in Green Point.

The coalition's General Secretary Phumeza Mlungwana says they will not move until senior police officials intervene in the case.

"We need a proper investigation and a proper intervention from senior police officers. We are staying here until they respond to us and listen to us and until we here a record of how they are going to intervene."

Mlungwana says intimidation and harassment of Angy and her family cannot continue.

"We don't want this to go on any further, we want it to stop because this is ridiculous. If there is something wrong it should be investigated properly, our legal system should do it properly and someone should be prosecuted in the proper way, not in the way it has been."