Day 6oflockdown

Coronavirus in SA: WhatsApp line to report abuses by police, military during lockdown launched

#Day6ofLockdown: Coronavirus in SA: WhatsApp line to report abuses by police, military during lockdown launched

2020-04-01 04:02:00 PM

Day6ofLockdown: Coronavirus in SA: WhatsApp line to report abuses by police, military during lockdown launched

The DA has launched a dedicated WhatsApp line and an email address where members of the public can report acts of assault, abuse or bribery by law-enforcement officers during the current lockdown.

EmailPretoria - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday launched a dedicated WhatsApp line and an email address where members of the public can report acts of assault, abuse or bribery by law-enforcement officers during the current lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). 

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DA leader John Steenhuisen said these platforms will also be used to advise citizens on their rights and to raise and lodge complaints with the relevant authorities and oversight bodies. “The nation is only six days into this lockdown and we have already seen increased violence at the hands of those who were tasked with protecting and serving us. On Tuesday reports indicated that the police shot two nurses at the Bongani Regional Hospital in Welkom and on Monday an Ekurhuleni metro police officer was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a Vosloorus man while enforcing the lockdown,” said Steenhuisen. 

“There are numerous videos on social media showing police and army officers increasingly brutalising and humiliating members of the public. Some South Africans were threatened and assaulted in their own backyards and while standing in line to buy the essentials. This is a gross abuse of the power entrusted to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).” 

He said the WhatsApp number and email address will be monitored by a task team of DA members of Parliament in the security and justice clusters.“They are experts in their fields and will be able to provide expert advice to the South African public,” said Steenhuisen.

The DA said that by using the WhatsApp number 067 977 9324 or email address, members of the public can report any acts of assault, abuse or bribery by law-enforcement officers. They can also send the DA their questions regarding their legal rights during the Covid-19 lockdown.

DA leader John Steenhuisen. File photo: David Ritchie/African News Agency (ANA)Steenhuisen said there was an “urgent need” for oversight and monitoring of SANDF’s deployment across the country, as well as the police’s conduct.“South Africa is a constitutional democracy and not a military state. We must adhere to the rule of law, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution at all times. We remind law-enforcement officials that this is a state of disaster, not a state of emergency. The role of the military is to ensure that lockdown measures are enforced while remembering that South Africans do have rights, even in these unprecedented times,” he said.

“These rights have been hard-fought for and must not be so flagrantly disregarded and disrespected by those few in uniforms who misunderstood their mandate.”The opposition leader said it is important for South Africans to adhere to the lockdown regulations and the party agrees that those who do not comply should face the consequences of their actions within the law.

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“However, we strongly condemn the brazen acts of violence, humiliation and degradation committed against our citizens,” said Steenhuisen.This week, President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that the decision to put South Africa under lockdown for 21 days was seen as an effective measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the country. 

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How are then these soldiers expected to control unruly SA elements who do not adhere to Lockdown rules. This is rubbish. Let the army do it's duties. What are your thoughts regarding this and is it time that we need to get a body like “IPID” that will monitor the attitude/behavior of our Soldiers whenever they are deployed in our communities ?

MawelaMthuso I wish some of you were born in India where by the police have sjambok to whip your assess and nobody report. Remember guy's we a not at war we a saving the publics not to be violence to the our boss that pay our salary😠😠😠 Shem i am not mpimpi for some NGO Darkie watch out do not report Police and Army trying to save black lives we are not stupid of shenanigans

Is there a what's app line to report ppl who dnt adhere to the rules of the lock down? Or find the need to be out of their houses for no reason or the ppl who are disrespectful to the police and army? Great! It's a start. We will be providing legal services to sue the State for abuses during this DAY6 Covid_19SA 21daysLockdownSouthAfrica CyrilRamaphosa _AfricanSoil BlaqPerspective

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Alexandra food seller has a permit but soldiers closed him downAn Alexandra business owner said on Monday it was difficult to operate his establishment during the coronavirus lockdown period as police officers and soldiers patrolling the townships were applying different rules This is exactly what ntsikimazwai meant by untrained soldiers bayabheda nje SAlockdown Don't trust this kind of news, they would not do that, under what grounds Its Timeslive , not like we expect you to write the whole truth

What happens if you are arrested during lockdown?Police have confirmed that those who test positive will be taken to a medical facility and be quarantined until they are clear of any symptoms. What did he done 😞☹️🤦‍♂️ YES please, this self isolation clearly ain’t working for other They should be quarantined somewhere designated and not sent home cause no one is there to monitor their movements

What happens if you are arrested during lockdown?Everyone arrested during the coronavirus outbreak in SA will be screened for Covid-19 before they are placed in a police holding cell. Good question Looking at this photo, I'm going to go with strangulation. 🙄 I'm confused and ignorant. I thought that the test result takes a couple days to come back. So, where am I going to sit and wait until it comes back? I obviously missed the part where the Covid19 test has become as easy peasy instant as a breathalyzer.

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