SAPS cancels #TotalShutdown case

The docket against the #TotalShutdown organisers has been closed, says National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole.

At no stage was the SAPS [South African Police Service] management informed that the #TotalShutdown protesters have transgressed in any way before, during or after the protest march. Therefore, SAPS management finds it surprising that a case of such a nature would be opened.

In light of this, a decision has been taken to close this docket as being unfounded, Sitole said.

On Monday, it was reported that police in Tshwane opened a case of public violence against the movement, which was in protest of gender-based violence, femicide and the harassment of women.

The organisers were asked to report to the Sunnyside Police Station in Pretoria, as they were facing some charges that included violating the march permit, intimidating the President and violence at the Union Buildings.

Sitole said he will also attend to the allegations made by some of the protesters that they were violated by police during the protest.

These allegations, Sitole said, are being viewed very seriously by police management.

At least four cases against police have been opened in this regard and these cases will be treated with the priority they deserve, the National Commissioner said.

Source: South African Government News Agency