JOHANNESBURG - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Saturday added its voice to those condemning the mob attack on police in Johannesburg on Thursday by an alleged group of foreign national shop owners.
"Each and every country has got its laws and bylaws accordingly, and in line with the South African Constitution police are there to maintain law and order. Their role is to uphold these laws and the role of citizens, whether of local or foreign origin, is to abide by the stipulated laws," Popcru said in a statement on Saturday.
"We strongly feel that the Thursday activity was coordinated and planned to detail, partly aimed at provoking and portraying police to be brutal and incompetent.
"We commend our members for their act of withdrawing from what was a clearly volatile situation that could have led to the unfortunate loss of lives or injuries. This was a demonstration of courage and sensibility on their part.'
Popcru "categorically" cautioned the African Diaspora Forum’s (ADF) reckless utterances which sought to suggest that the prevention of criminal activity was victimisation. There was only one law for all who lived within the boundaries of the country, and this forum should "confine itself within the frameworks therein", Popcru said.