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SAHRC worried about policing in SA

SAHRC has expressed concern about policing following the death of three protesters this week.

FILE: SAHRC has expressed concern about policing following the death of three protesters this week. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is concerned about policing in the country.

This follows the death of three protesters in Mothutlung in the North West during service delivery protests this week.

Two men were allegedly shot dead by police while the third victim died in hospital on Wednesday morning.

Residents were demanding water when the protest became violent.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called for calm saying the matter still needs to be investigated before pointing fingers.

The SAHRC's Danny Titus told the Redi Tlhabi Show that police seem to have forgotten the deaths of Andries Tatane and Mido Macia.

"We really expected that the police would take lessons from those events."

The commission says it is concerned about policing and human rights in the country.

"We must find out what happened to human rights training in the police. Is it something that's being taken seriously or not? Do they see human rights as sort of an irritation? You may remember previous commissioner Bheki Cele when he said when criminals come to me, they don't come with a feather duster."

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