Police brutality is government policy

The cases of brutal enforcement of the Covid-19 lockdown wasn’t the work of a few bad apples but was rather part of an unofficial policy of police violence. The directive was, as the minister in charge of the South African Police Service (SAPS) said 20 years ago: “When we visit criminals we will not treat them with kid gloves … We will unleash the police force on them.” 

Police Minister Bheki Cele didn’t give that directive — it was Steve Tshwete, a former safety and security…

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