MENU

Stop brutality against students

Add signature

Stop brutality against students

Will you sign?


Demand immediate action from Minister of Police, Mr Nkosinathi Nhleko, Vice-Chancellors and leaders of Higher Education Institutions and Mayors and Chief of Police of South Africa's Metros.

Will you sign?


3,440 SIGNATURES
4,000 signatures

Students were shot, choked, arrested and hospitalised this week by police [1], [2]. People power rose up and was met with the brutality we saw before Marikana. The amandla .mobi movement is renewing our call for an urgent intervention into how our police manage crowd control. 

Our leaders talk about a demilitarized police that protects us, but unless we act now and stop police officers from using live ammo, provoking and shooting students, choking students, and threatening media and students for taking photos, more students will be injured and traumatized by our brutal police force.

How long before we have another Marikana? We know the brutal R-5 assault rifles that gave police license to kill miners are still used by police for crowd control. After the shocking scenes from yesterday there are already calls for a Parliamentary debate on police crowd control. This week we saw human shields used to protect peaceful unarmed students who have bravely raised their voices, but to avoid a tragedy our police must immediately stop brutalising students. 

 

Dear Minister of Police, Mr Nkosinathi Nhleko, Vice-Chancellors and leaders of Higher Education Institutions and Mayors and Chief of Police of South Africa's Metros.

We demand an immediate intervention against police brutality before we have another Marikana. We demand public order police, and police officers engaged with crowd control immediately cease with shooting, choking, hospitalising and provoking students. We also demand police immediately cease with threats and intimidation against the media and members of the public who are taking photos and videos of the police. We also demand an inquiry into the injuries sustained against peaceful, non-violent students who were shot with rubber bullets and burnt and injured by stun grenades. 

We also again reiterate the Farlam Commission of Inquiry findings that R-5 assault rifles have no place at all in crowd control and should be immediately removed from crowd control. To the Vice-Chancellors we demand you immediately stop police from bringing guns and other weapons onto campus.

We the undersigned reiterate our right to protest and for the people of Mzansi to use people power to further justice. Your actions violate international police norms and fail the National Development Plans goals of a demilitarised and professional police service. What we have seen this week is a brutal police force.

[1] News24, Police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse protest. 21 October 2015. Video by Chelsea Nathania Fort via Facebook. Trigger Warning and explicit language

[2] EWN. Police and students clash outside parliament. 21 October 2015.