Committees to call for parliamentary inquiry into unrest, police response

Committees to call for parliamentary inquiry into unrest, police response

Parliament's Portfolio Committees on Police, Intelligence, and Defence want a parliamentary Inquiry into last week's violence and looting.

Police, Tina Joemat-Paterson
Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

Speaking in Soweto during a site visit at the unrest-hit Jabulani Mall, House of Chairs Cedrick Frolick said all three committees are visiting different areas in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal as part of their oversight. 

He was accompanying Parliament’s police committee.

It also comes amid the spat between Police Minister Bheki Cele and his counterpart in State Security Ayanda Dlodlo.

Cele claims not to have received an intelligence report from the State Security Agency warning the police of the immanent looting and violence. 

But Dlodlo told journalists during a media briefing last week that intelligence was working with the police, giving them information and averting further damage. 

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Asked whether Parliament would be investigating the existence of the intelligence report, Frolick said an inquiry will be best suited to probe that. 

"The committees will collate one report so that we can submit it to Parliament. One of the views that are already coming out strongly is the need for an in-depth parliamentary inquiry into the events last week, that will ensure that some of the questions that you have asked here this morning are covered.


"The inquiry will also ensure we know exactly what happened, where there were certain lapses in the response. We also don't want to get involved in what the different members of the executive are saying chairperson, that will be part of such a process.”

Frolick believes the best time for the probe to start is when Parliament reconvenes in August. 

The chairperson of the police committee, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, said they will be calling the Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster to account to the committee on these issues. 

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