The IFP in the UGU District condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the egregious failure of Mehlomnyama Police Station officers in Port Shepstone, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, to act urgently in an ongoing assault case involving a minor. It is alleged that a whistle-blower reported this case on Friday, and police only attended to the matter on Saturday.
The IFP views this lack of immediate police response as sheer negligence, which should be acted upon with immediate effect, and the officers in question should be dealt with accordingly. We call upon the Department of Community Safety and Liaison and the Provincial Police Commissioner to urgently intervene in this matter.
According to community members, who spoke to us on grounds of anonymity, the officers in question are said to have colluded with the offender, hence the case was never opened.
The IFP is on record complaining about the incompetence and non-compliance of some of the police officers in this area. It is appalling that such a serious, heinous act can be swept under the carpet. It is alleged that the victim was whipped with a wet towel on more than one occasion. As we speak, several disturbing images of the victim are making the rounds on social networking platforms, yet the police failed to investigate and possibly bring the perpetrator to book.
This particular incident is very disturbing, as police are expected to protect women, children and victims of gender-based violence. IFP President, Velenkosini Hlabisa, is on record emphasising the importance of protecting women and children.
The shortcomings of the men in blue are concerning, as the injuries sustained by the victim could have resulted in fatal internal injuries. Judging from the pictures at our disposal, the child needed immediate medical attention. The IFP will not remain silent on the lack of urgency and utter negligence displayed by police officers. Police who do not abide by their oath should be kicked out of the force.
IFP UGU District Chairperson
Mr Sfundo Ngwane
071 267 543