Hotline launched to report heavy-handed enforcement

Hotline launched to report heavy-handed enforcement

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, John Steenhuisen says they have set up a WhatsApp hotline for members of the public to report heavy-handed enforcement. 

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen. image courtesy: Neo Motloung

This after, there had been some complaints against police and the army - with people saying they had used violence to enforce the new regulations. 

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned soldiers not to use heavy-handed force, following the emergence of several videos on social media, showing soldiers mishandling unarmed civilians.  

Steenhuisen says: "The last thing we want is a flare-up between security personnel and citizens."

"Citizens are urged to abide by the regulations of the lockdown, security personnel are urged to exercise re-strength and ensure that any action they take is in action with the Bill of Rights, and ensures that peoples civil liberties are nor infringed upon."

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"The WhatsApp number and email address will be monitored by a task team of DA MPs that form part of the security and justice clusters in Parliament. They are experts in their fields and will be able to provide expert advice to the South African public," he said.  

Steenhuisen has encouraged the public to contact them via WhatsApp on 067 977 9324. 

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