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#NotInMyName to monitor police stations

Civil rights organisation #NotInMyName says it will be monitoring police stations across the country. 

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The organisation briefed the media at the Mamelodi West Police Station in the wake of the death of 10-year-old Katlego Joja.

 

Joja, who was autistic, went missing earlier this month from her Mamelodi home and her body was later found in the Morelete River.

 

Her family says police officers turned them away twice, telling them they had to wait 24 hours before opening a missing person's case. 

 

#NotInMyName President Siyabonga Jentile says this is unacceptable. 

 

"We are going to monitor these police stations serving ordinary South Africans. We are saying to them they must report crimes and if they do not get assisted they should report to us. What we have also told our members is that they have the social and moral obligation to go to these police stations voluntarily and asses the status of our police stations."

 

Jentile says the organisation has received countless phone calls from people across the country complaining about criminal cases that date back 10 years and which have still not been dealt with by the police.


Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters says while #NotInMyName has not discussed their plans with them, they are not adverse to it. 

 

"As far as engaging with partners and stakeholders, the police have an open door policy, we have key relationships with partners like business against crime. We also have a very strong community policing forum which might need to be strengthened in other areas." 


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