Sona chaos: Plato awaits answers from Phiyega & Lamoer
Plato says he has called both to express his concern at the way MPs were treated.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato is still waiting for answers from National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega as to why law enforcement officials were present during the president's State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week.
Plato says he has called both Phiyega and Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer to express his concern at the way various Members of Parliament (MPs) were treated.
He warns the use of excessive force violated the Constitution.
Members of various units, including the Public Order Police, are believed to have been deployed to remove MPs.
Some Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Parliamentarians sustained injuries and one ended up in hospital while resisting their removal from the National Assembly after party leaders again demanded President Jacob Zuma answer questions about the multimillion rand upgrades at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. Watch: EFF leader Julius Malema dragged from Parliament
Watch: EFF leader Julius Malema dragged from Parliament
The department's Ewald Botha says, "Plato has asked the commissioners to clarify whether any South African Police Service members entered the joint sitting of the National Assembly, under who's instruction was this done, under which policing unit did the officers belong to and whether these officers received any training on how to remove MPs."
At the weekend, the Daily Maverick identified Public Order Policing officer Walter Prins as playing a leading role in ejecting the EFF MPs after he boasted on Facebook that he was 'on a hunt for Juju'.
The public order police officer was identified as the man wearing a black Hugo Boss suit jacket with a security pass designating him as part of a high-risk detail.
Prins also boasted on Facebook that he was on the "hunt for juju in the once hallowed halls of Parliament".
The Daily Maverick reports his Facebook page raises questions about whether he and the Cape Town public order police service were given a blanket mandate to target EFF leader Julius Malema.
Just nine days after the riot police were called into Parliament for the first time last year, the officer encouraged his platoon on Facebook that they would be back in Parliament for "old Julius".