The police minister has told officers enforcing the national lockdown to push South Africans back to their homes if they refuse to stay inside. Courtesy #DStv403
SECUNDA - The police minister has told officers enforcing the national lockdown to push South Africans back to their homes if they refuse to stay inside.
Bheki Cele visited the Embalenhle Township in Secunda, where the community held a party after the lockdown was declared.
Cele says he’s satisfied with the police’s conduct during the lockdown, despite complaints of brutality.
"We need to be not very kind to people that don't listen because they are a danger to themselves," said Cele.
"They are a danger to all of us."
Cele told the police officers that they must protect the people who don't want to protect themselves.
"It's our duty. If you don't want to protect yourself and the rest of us, we must start by protecting you."
Cele said he doesn't know why some people need to be frogmarched when they are caught outside their homes.
"If you stay in your house you behave," he said.
Cele and the police's national leadership will tour country to see if lockdown regulations are adhered to.
Meanwhile, the C19 People's Coalition said in a statement that they are concerned about recorded cases of assault, degrading physical punishments, allegations of corruption and deaths as a result of police conduct.
"We call on the government to adopt a more compassionate, public health and humanitarian focused approach to the work of security forces during the lockdown," the organisation said.
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