R2K to report cops who spy on activists

R2K says the 'demilitarising of police' has led to them spying on activists planning legitimate protests.

FILE: Right2Know says this trend has led police to spy on activists planning legitimate protests. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Right2Know Campaign says it will approach the Inspector General of Intelligence to report several cases of what it believes to be intrusive surveillance of community activists and NGO groups not aligned to the ANC.

The rights group on Tuesday released a handbook detailing several cases where meetings by resident groups have been monitored and in some cases activists have been arrested.

It argues that the so-called demilitarising of the police force has led to them spying on activists planning legitimate protests.

Right2Know's Murray Hunter says this is an abuse of human rights.

"We need to look more seriously at this issue of surveillance because it is a form of violence that doesn't leave bruises and it doesn't leave broken bodies. But it's still an extreme abuse of people's rights and can lead to restriction on rights to freedom of expression and the right to organise."