Africa Unite’s Youth launched a formal complaint against the South African Police and Metro Police in Johannesburg at the South African Human Rights commission (SAHRC) office in Cape Town on Monday the 11th May 2015.
Youth are accusing SAPS, after Cape Times Newspaper published an article on the 23th of January 2015 about the metro police officers being bystanders while the population was looting the shops owned by foreign nationals in White City in Soweto.
City press has also published an article in which they interviewed some local residents who admitted that they participated in the looting. They have also confirmed that the police actually encouraged them to loot.
According to section 12 of the Bill of Rights, which is the right of security, ‘”everyone has the right to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources.” The SAPS code of conduct and the criminal procedure act requires that SAPS officials upholds and protects the fundamental rights of every person in the country.
These two facts indicate that the police have violated the rights of these victims.
The SAHRC has received the complaint, however, they will look at the documents submitted by Africa Unite’s Youth before they start investigating the matter.