Ipid: Police brutality probe continues

Moses Dlamini says investigations into the police's actions during protests are underway.

Moses Dlamini says investigations into the police's actions during protests are underway. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says investigations into recent violent protests throughout the country are close to completion.

In the past three weeks eight people were killed, allegedly by police, in Limpopo, Roodepoort and Mothutlung.

Police have come under fire for using excessive force, the wrong ammunition and generally being unprepared to deal with protests.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa defended officers last week saying demonstrators are resorting to violence and carrying weapons, forcing the police to defend themselves.

Ipid's Moses Dlamini says investigations into the police's actions are underway.

"Investigations are at an advanced stage and when we finish investigations we'll make our recommendations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions who will then make a decision if anyone should be prosecuted."

Meanwhile, the Institute for Security Studies says a lot needs to be done to improve the South African Police Service (SAPS).

A report by Amnesty International found the SAPS uses excessive force in their day-to-day activities.