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Urgent intervention was needed in the conflict between the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and members of the SAPS, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said yesterday.
"The commission is concerned about the violent standoff between the SAPS and JMPD on the M2 highway in Johannesburg yesterday [Wednesday]," said senior researcher Danzel van Zyl.
"Standards of conduct, ethics and integrity have been severely compromised.
"Our policing services, as primary agents of social order, cannot become contributors to disorder and illegality whereby innocent persons are threatened and fundamental liberties and human rights endangered or denied rather than protected and ensured."
He said the protection of basic rights and compliance with the law were two pillars of good policing in any democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom.
The commission also questioned whether the use of police vehicles by the JMPD to blockade the M2 highway, and the use of their service pistols, could be considered "a lawful use of state resources".
He said the violent incidents illustrated how deep the culture of violence was entrenched.
"It is for this reason that the commission stands by its previous statements that all rhetorical utterances that may be construed as incitement to violence be stopped immediately, especially in the ranks of people occupying important and public positions of leadership." - Sapa