Phiyega: Police will act when attacked

Johannesburg - Police will not hesitate to act when they are being attacked or when property is being destroyed, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday.

She said protests like those near Ennerdale in southern Johannesburg, Ganspan in the Northern Cape, Mbilwi village in Limpopo as well as in Nyanga and Mfuleni in the Western Cape, were examples of when police would take action.

Phiyega said the incidents were disturbing as police were being targeted by mobs while conducting their work to maintain law and order during protests.

"Often, whenever police request protesters to disperse or desist from engaging in illegal conduct, they are pelted with stones and sometimes with petrol bombs," she said in a statement.

"Although it is our belief that the community has a right to protest as enshrined in the constitution of this country, the concern is that these communities' anger is being misdirected at the police."

She said it could not be allowed that officers were attacked by bad elements within communities who were barricading roads, destroying property and endangering their own lives and those of others around them.

Phiyega appealed to communities to refrain from attacking police, and to embark on protest action in a peaceful manner while understanding that police presence during protests was for the community's safety.

"The last couple of days have been very difficult for our public order policing members.

"We thank our members for staying professional even in a situation where they were pelted and attacked with stones, generally displaying extreme levels of restraint," she said.

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Andrew Pillay 2014/09/03 05:34:35 AM
Give our cops more bite. .. For now it is a toothless bulldog. Cops should never be under attack. The more you allow it theworse Iit will become.
Erna Westdyk 2014/09/03 05:36:51 AM
And dead silence from the president! Surely this type of violent protest is not normal? We are buy solving Lesotho's problems and visiting Putin in Russia when our own country needs leadership. I hear more speeches by Obama than from my own president!
Jayden 2014/09/03 05:42:39 AM
ZUma only wants to stand on the grand stages , he is never there when the country burns
Aqua BlueAfrica 2014/09/03 05:45:11 AM
Why not just bribe these cops to go away. . then the violent protests as introduced by cANCer organisations can continue. . what you sowed back then you are reaping today-carnage
Palo Khaile 2014/09/03 05:46:06 AM
Civilians must act when under attack by police
Kaleidoscope 2014/09/03 05:57:21 AM
Well for the most-part, the only time police act is when they are being attacked, and then its because they are forced to be there.
MOON2-ZN 2014/09/03 06:04:22 AM
My. This photo of minister. Is this a man or women. Maybe my eyesight deceives me !!!!
Thobile Bengu 2014/09/03 06:12:28 AM
Thanx minister,S A has the softest police force in Africa when it comes to violent protesters. Try these protests in zim.....
Solomon Repeant 2014/09/03 06:20:46 AM
police must stay way from protesters and let people kill one another like the Marikana isseu so no commission of inquiery will be made.
Guy Grove 2014/09/03 06:26:40 AM
Antie Dada. You do not live in the Western Cape so be quiet! The DA does not blatantly steal from the people that voted for it! The DA does not hide behind a wall of corrupt "comrades" when confronted with relevant issues! The DA may be struggling in some areas of governance, but that is because the ANC did so badly in governing the WC before, that the DA now has to clean up it's mess!! Don't come here with your negative attitude towards an organisation that is the only organisation in this country that is looking out for the best interests of ALL South Africans!! It's not all about blacks this and whites that!! Yes there is a huge divide but you're making it worse by accusing the DA of doing and being something that it just isn't! Respect the democracy (and all the parties in it) that Tata Madiba and the ANC fought for!