According to News24, on day 4 of South Africa’s lockdown, police officers are already facing 3 counts of murder and other serious charges. Allegedly because they used excessive force which may have resulted in fatalities.
According to Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson, Sontaga Seisa, the murder investigations are in the Western Cape and the other is in Gauteng. He told News24, the victims allegedly died due to police action.
The IPID has also opened a rape case against an officer in the Western Cape, reports News24’s Ntwaagae Seleka.
“Since the inception of the Covid-19 lockdown, the IPID has taken a proactive approach and ensured that its services continue to be rendered to all the deserving citizens of South Africa while the country is fighting the dangerous coronavirus,” said Seisa.
By Monday morning the IPID had already received 21 complaints against police officers.
According to the News24 report, the following cases are under investigation by the IPID
- In Gauteng, 6 cases of discharging of firearms, 3 of assault and 1 of corruption in the province.
- In the Free State, 2 cases of assault against a police officer, 1 in KwaZulu-Natal and 1 in Mpumalanga.
- In Mpumalanga, an officer is also facing a charge of corruption.
- In the Eastern Cape, a case of discharging of a police firearm and another in Mpumalanga.
Seisa told News24, “During this period, the IPID has received a significant number of calls which were outside its mandate,”. He said the IPID had no mandate to investigate members of the SA National Defence Force.