WC Police Ombudsman agrees to investigate Muizenberg and Steenberg SAPS | Western Cape Government


WC Police Ombudsman agrees to investigate Muizenberg and Steenberg SAPS

14 May 2020

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, is pleased that the Western Cape Police Ombudsman (WCPO), Mr JJ Brand, has agreed to investigate incidents of police inefficiencies at both Muizenberg an Steenberg SAPS stations.

Minister Fritz wrote to the WCPO on 11 May 2020, requesting that an investigation be made following unprofessional conduct at both police stations towards several residents.

In the correspondence received from the WCPO, it was stated that a complaint was registered for the Muizenberg incident and deemed to fall within the WCPO’s mandate in terms of Section 16(1) and Section 17(2) read with Section 15 of the Western Cape Community Safety Act, 2013 – Act No. 3 of 2013. It was stated that feedback on the investigation will be provided by the WCPO in due course.

It was further stated that the complainant in the Steenberg incident lodged a complaint directly with the WCPO’s office.

Minister Fritz said, “I urge all members of the public who have experienced police inefficiencies or unprofessional conduct at any police station in the province to immediately come forward and report such to the Western Cape Police Ombudsman. This can be done by calling 021 483 0669 or by emailing ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za.”

Minister Fritz added, “Every single person has a responsibility in “flattening the curve”. We need to abide by the law, and keep a safe distance at all times. You must stay home if you can, and you must avoid all gatherings, because this is how the virus spreads. If you are going out in public, wear a cloth mask. It must always be done in conjunction with the five golden rules of good hygiene.”

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Media Enquiries: 

Cayla Ann Tomás Murray
Spokesperson for Minister Albert Fritz
Tel: 021 483 9217
Cell: 064 121 7959
Email: Cayla.murray@westerncape.gov.za