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

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
SA model and lawyer Thando Hopa to deliver a talk at World Economic Forum 2020

SA model and lawyer Thando Hopa to deliver a talk at World Economic Forum 2020

Hopa spoke to Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to give listeners an idea of some of the issues she will be tackling.

Discovery Vitality team going the extra mile to fix rewards point system

Discovery Vitality team going the extra mile to fix rewards point system

Discovery Vitality CEO Dinesh Govender says it has faced some technical issues with its revamp.

[LISTEN] Insurers now using drones to asses damages and claims

[LISTEN] Insurers now using drones to asses damages and claims

Joanne Joseph spoke to Old Mutual Insure's executive for High-Net-Worth Solutions Christelle Colman to find out more.

Mamelodi's first of its kind black-owned private clinic

Mamelodi's first of its kind black-owned private clinic

Co-founder Mabu Sekhaolelo says the clinic aims to help patients who want to avoid long queues or have time constraints.

[LISTEN] Putting two versions of Deloitte deals at Eskom under a microscope

[LISTEN] Putting two versions of Deloitte deals at Eskom under a microscope

Susan Comrie reports on how the firm received two consulting contracts at Eskom where it partnered with auditing firm Nkonki Inc.

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

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

While police cannot confirm this, a grandmother is said to have asked for her grandchild to be saved.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] It's all happening for award-winning actor Thapelo Mokoena

[LISTEN] It's all happening for award-winning actor Thapelo Mokoena

Mokoena's bagged a leading role in UK TV series 'Bulletproof' and is also pursuing his interests in restaurant, wine making and beer brewing ventures.

'Midlife crisis' - blessing or curse?

'Midlife crisis' - blessing or curse?

Clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane gives her insights into what could be a call to attention leading to valuable re-evaluation.

Financial damage control: Three critical 'don'ts' to start the new year

Financial damage control: Three critical 'don'ts' to start the new year

Certified financial planner Paul Roelofse gives his top tips for financial recovery after festive season overspending.

Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles, state funding

Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles, state funding

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer be working members of the British royal family, announces Buckingham Palace.

Don't underestimate the health benefits of using an electric bicycle

Don't underestimate the health benefits of using an electric bicycle

David "Mr Active" Katz discusses the rising international popularity of battery-powered bikes as a primary form of transport.

Support the teacher your child has been assigned, urges parenting expert

Support the teacher your child has been assigned, urges parenting expert

Nikki Bush says what's thought to be a bad match often ends up being the best possible one, despite a schoolkid's protestations.

Take part in '702 Listens' survey: Help us identify and tackle issues

Take part in '702 Listens' survey: Help us identify and tackle issues

Programme Manager Alastair Teeling-Smith says 702 will shine the spotlight and hold those responsible to account.

Lesufi: Enoch Mpianzi's death will be investigated

Lesufi: Enoch Mpianzi's death will be investigated

Enoch Mpianzi (13), a Parktown Boys' High learner, drowned during what has been described as a water activity in a river at a lodge while on a school camp on Wednesday.

Ipid investigates killing of bystander in Alexandra

Ipid investigates killing of bystander in Alexandra

Spokesperson Sontaga Seiso says Samantha Radebe was caught in a crossfire between police and suspects.

Parktown Boys: Body of missing Enock Mpianzi found

Parktown Boys: Body of missing Enock Mpianzi found

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi confirms that the missing body has been found by the police.