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Ipid warns against residents insulting staff over police, soldiers' whereabouts and safety protocol

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is appealing to residents to stop contacting their offices and insulting staff. Picture: Pixabay

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is appealing to residents to stop contacting their offices and insulting staff. Picture: Pixabay

Published Mar 27, 2020

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Durban - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is appealing to residents to stop contacting their offices and insulting staff. 

The plea was issued on Friday, after Ipid acting spokesperson Sontaga Seisa, confirmed that their staff have been fielding calls from angry residents, complaining that soldiers and police were not wearing gloves. 

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"We are also receiving complaints that people are not seeing soldiers in their areas. Callers are verbally abusing our staff," he said. 

Seisa said since the implementation of the national lockdown, members have been making abusive and unacceptable calls to the Ipid standby offices. 

"We are ready to assist with complaints that fall within our mandate. Any other complaints should be directed to the relevant bodies. We are appealing to the public to only contact us with matters that relate to our mandate only. We are ready to assist any member of the public who is a victim of police brutality and actions," he said. 

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Seisa said the public is further reminded that interfering with Ipid's work is a criminal offence. 

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