Cops warned govt before students stormed Parly
It’s emerged police warned government security measures were lacking at Parliament as early as 2013.
CAPE TOWN - It has emerged police management had warned government security measures were lacking in Parliament as early as 2013, long before students forced their way into the precinct during a protest.
Saps senior management was called to Parliament today to explain their handling of the recent spate of fee protests, which spread from campuses across the country to two National Key points.
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Demonstrators overwhelmed police officers manning the gates of parliament on 21 October and flooded into the precinct while the finance minister delivered his medium term budget policy statement.
The police's Charl Annandale showed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police a letter Saps had written to the Department of Public Works in December 2013.
The letter expresses the need to beef up security around the perimeter of the parliamentary precinct.
But nothing has changed since then.
"In my consultation with the representatives from the security protection services, it was indicated that the status quo is still the same. There are meetings taking place on the total upgrade of the Parliamentary precinct, but it's not at this stage been addressed."
Some of the security challenges include poor or no access control at vehicle and pedestrian entrances and an inadequate perimeter fence.