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Update: KwaDukuza Municipality Conducting an Internal Investigation On “Scuffle” Between Two of its


Tuesday, 12 May 2020 Update: KwaDukuza Municipality Conducting an Internal Investigation On “Scuffle” Between Two of its Peace Officers with Father and Child The KwaDukuza Municipality conducted an urgent internal investigation to ascertain what transpired on Sunday, 10 May 2020, at an incident where two of its peace officers seemed to be in a "scuffle" with father and child in the Shakas Rock area, the findings of the institution are as follows:  The KwaDukuza Municipality's officers received a complaint of none adherence of Disaster Management Act Regulations at the Shakas Rock Tidal Beach. It was around 08h45 when officers arrived at the Shakas Rock Tidal Beach and observed people being at the Beach while it is not allowed during Lockdown Level 4, in the company of kids. Officers informed them of their transgressions and their rights, 11 in total were arrested. There were seven (7) kids as officers were effecting the arrest and 4 kids were handed over correctly and safely to their homes and with no harm. The other three (3) kids were being processed to be handed over to their homes safely at the same premises as seen on video when this incident happened. Eleven (11) arrests were made on the day in question for Contravening Disaster Management Act Regulation 24(2)(a) for being found at a place prohibited to be during a lockdown: public parks, sports ground and fields, beaches and swimming pool. Reference: SAPS Umhlali Cas 55 and 57/05/2020. The person recording the video was also arrested for the same transgression. Furthermore, we have learned that the man causing drama by running away to avoid arrest is an employee of the Department of Health (DoH) at Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital.  The municipality can confirm that the Child who was seen being handled in the video, was handled in terms of Child Act, and was being taken safety after the arrest of the Father who works for DoH. It is the Officer's responsibility, like in this case, to secure and safely keep and handle the Child in cases of arrests by taking the child to a safe place which was the case with these officers not manhandling the Child. Ends.Issued by the KwaDukuza Municipality Corporate Communications Unit, for enquiries please contact: Sipho S. Mkhize (CPRP) Media Liaison Officer ☎  : 032 437 5133 📱 : 063 030 7475 📧 :

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