defenceWeb has reported and opinionated considerably on the matter of public order policing over the last three years.
We also held a conference on the subject in September last year. Now 34 people are dead and 78 wounded.
The events at Marikana last Thursday and the bloody-minded police response since are therefore particularly disheartening.
With any luck, the whole matter will be probed by a judicial commission of inquiry announced Friday (no terms of reference yet) and an interministerial committee announced yesterday for some reason. We shall see.
One can only hope the presiding judge will tell the police its job as it appears from footage that they certainly have no clue.
· Police ban use of rubber bullets on protesters
· Public order policing requires adequate training, more personnel – expert
· Minister of police affirms importance of public order policing policy
· Remarks by the Minister of Police, E.N. Mthethwa, MP at the defenceWeb Public Order Policing Conference
· Public order policing is just one link in the chain of safety and security
· Balancing the right to safety and security and the right to demonstrate
· Presentation POP conference: New Age Public Order Policing
· Crowd control is one of the SAPS’s most important functions – expert
Are police becoming too violent when dealing with public protests?
· Refresher training for POP
· Mthethwa welcomes arrest of policemen after death
· Protester’s death not an isolated case
· Tatane: Is crowd control doctrine at fault?
· Is a massacre required?