EFF wants Ipid, Public Protector and SAHRC to probe Alexandra demolitions

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) wants the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Public Protector to conduct investigations over demolitions which took place in Alexandra last week.

Evictions were carried out by the Red Ants on Friday.

A family, including a five-month-old baby, was believed to have been trapped in the ruins of a demolished structure but emergency services were able to free them.

READ: Five-month-old baby believed to be trapped under rubble amidst Alex evictions

EFF Gauteng provincial chairperson Mandisa Mashego, who was earlier in the township alongside Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, says the residents were subjected to violence.

She wants Ipid to look into the conduct of law-enforcement officers.

Since Friday we have been here, we would come and go. We were here on Friday trying to chase that illusive court order which the police were supposed to bring but even then, it can't be done the way the Red Ants have been going about it. It can't be violent, brutal and inhumane.

Mandisa Mashego, Chairperson - Gauteng EFF

She says the evictions were not authorised.

The most important thing is that there was never such a process legally approved by the leadership of the City of Joburg.

Mandisa Mashego, Chairperson - Gauteng EFF

We have a couple of names but we may not share those names, JMPD employees within the City of Johannesburg who have gone rogue over a certain period of time and do not take instructions.

Mandisa Mashego, Chairperson - Gauteng EFF

Essentially it is a political crisis because we have people who are still beholden to the loyalty of the African National Congress which was in power in the city before 2016.

Mandisa Mashego, Chairperson - Gauteng EFF

Mashego says a motion was passed in 2016 against the use of the Red Ants.

That motion was accepted and adopted by the council. A council resolution almost becomes law and policy of the government and you cannot go against it unless there are exceptional circumstances which can only be determined by the highest office of that municipality. So, whoever did what they did now has committed fraud, has been grossly insubordinate and risked the lives of people.

Mandisa Mashego, Chairperson - Gauteng EFF

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