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New policy framework on policing currently before Parliament

The SAHRC says there's a general sense of lawlessness that police have to deal with on a daily basis.

FILE: Through riot shields, a police officer fires rubber bullets at students during clashes with students at the University of the Western Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says there's a general sense of lawlessness that the police have to deal with on a daily basis, and they believe there's too much of a blame game when it comes to their conduct.

A dialogue on human rights and policing was held in Johannesburg yesterday, in order for a memorandum of understanding to be established between the two organisations.

According to the commission, police have indicated that tense situations can often be resolved without their intervention at a higher level.

SAHRC Commissioner Danny Titus says during discussions with the South African Police Service (Saps), they've explained what it's like to deal with protesters.

"People shout at you, scream at you and spit on you and they are nurses and teachers. Isn't there a responsibility on this human rights commission also to educate society? This is where we feel we must hold hands. The South African society is one where breaking the law is the way of life."

The commission says a new policy framework for policing is currently before Parliament and seeks to address the deficits in the current legal framework, but there are issues that are still underdeveloped.

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