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Media Statement: South African Human Rights Commission strongly condemns the attack on law enforcement officials

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 02 August 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) condemns the attack on law enforcement officials in the Johannesburg CBD yesterday. Law enforcement officials have a duty to ensure law and order in our communities. These attacks undermine the constitutional mechanisms that are designed to enhance our social fibre and maintain the rule of law. All inhabitants of the Republic must abide by the laws of the country without exception and allow law enforcement officials to conduct their duties without hindrance.

The Commission would like to remind everyone that rights also come with responsibilities. We call upon the Minister of Police and the management of the law enforcement agencies to intensify their efforts in maintaining law and order. We similarly urge communities to respect the law and refrain from preventing law enforcement officials from doing their jobs. Doing so is illegal. As communities, we must respect the role played by law enforcement officials in serving the community, safeguarding lives and property without discrimination.

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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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