Crime prevention officers charged with unauthorized searches and attacks

Crime prevention officers charged with unauthorized searches and attacks

Solly Msimanga, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng, claims that the party is pressing Panyaza Lesufi, the premier of the province, for explanations about the dubious actions of the Crime Prevention Wardens (CPW).

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This comes following accusations that Crime Prevention Wardens (CPW) are breaking the law by physically attacking residents, conducting unauthorized searches, and seizing property.

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“The DA is therefore demanding that Premier Lesufi be held to account.”
Msimanga

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Since the CPW program’s start, he claimed, there has been a lot of fear and opposition.

“We have, amongst other things, raised worries that the expanded budget for these 6000 poorly trained will be a waste of money. These fears have now been realised in examples of them acting in contravention of the law.
“It is unacceptable that individuals who are meant to keep citizens in the province safe are contributing to their fear. Residents already fear the South African Police Service (SAPS), as they so often act with brutality, they do not need to fear the additional so-called ‘Crime Prevention Wardens’ Panyaza put together,” Msimanga criticised.

during their pass out march, the Crime Prevention Wardens (CPW). Image from CrimeInSA/Twitter

“The most worrying, however, is that when residents report these wardens’ wrongdoing, they are treated with the disregard saved for those who get in the way of the political ideals the Premier holds dear.It has now been established that these wardens do not fall under SAPS, nor do they fall under the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). So, if their wrongdoings are to be reported directly to the Gauteng Province, where Lesufi is the Premier – will anything come of these allegations?” Msimanga asked.

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MSIMANGA REQUESTS ANSWERS REGARDING THE PROVINCE’S CRIME PREVENTION WARDENS
“We demand that Premier Lesufi be held accountable for the failures of his expensive, poorly thought-out plans,” he added. “In the spirit of transparency, and bearing the safety of the province’s residents in mind.”
The DA leader in Gauteng requests responses from Lesufi over the following:

“What exactly do these people do?
What legal standing do they have?
Under which law do they operate?
Who will be held responsible for the lawsuits that follow their illegal operations”?

“Gauteng cannot become a place where those who have been elevated to artificial levels of importance do as they please, to the detriment of our residents. We will not allow it, and we will not stop until the Premier intervenes, and provides clarity. Surely a glorified civilian cannot walk into my house without a warrant and search it? Gauteng’s residents deserve answers,” Msimanga said.

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