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South African police under pressure to respond to violence and stability: ISS

Africa Melane spoke with the Head of Futures and Innovation in Africa at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Jakkie Cilliers, about the state of policing in the country following the demonstrations of Tembisa.

FILE: As violence erupts both in the force and in the country, police may be feeling assaulted, feeling hopeless because they feel as if they have to deal with the crises in South Africa. Photo: © ruramos/123rf.com

South African police are under pressure to contain the rampant violence in the country, but lack the capacity to address the underlying causes.

This was stated by the Head of African Future and Innovation at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Jakkie Cilliers.

He spoke with Africa Melane on Tuesday.

This comes after a violent service delivery protest in Tembisa where at least Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers shot and killed at least two protesters on Monday.

Cilliers added he remains hopeful after Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola announced a back-to-basics approach to address key structural issues within the police force and justice system. criminal.

“There is light,” he said.

As violence erupts frequently in the country, Cilliers said police can feel under attack and desperate to deal with social crises.

He added that this could be the reason for the EMPD’s backlash towards protesters fearing it could continue.

We need to solve this problem with a systematic approach that regains some of the space that criminals have gained in South Africa. But that doesn’t absolve what happened, but I fear there is immense pressure on the police to respond to some of the violence and stability that is occurring. So I’m afraid we’re going to see more of that.

Jakkie Cilliers, Head of Future and Innovation in Africa – Institute for Security Studies

Cilliers said the police, however, could not address the underlying issues plaguing the country, such as the rising cost of living, poverty, inequality and unemployment.

There is a lot to fix in policing…but policing cannot fix the underlying problems…for that we look to broader government and corporate interventions and that means we need to create a supportive environment.

Jakkie Cilliers, Head of Future and Innovation in Africa – Institute for Security Studies

Listen to the full interview below.

This article first appeared on 702: South African police under pressure to respond to violence and stability: ISS



South African police under pressure to respond to violence and stability: ISS

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