DA meets with SAPS over incitement charges against Jackie Shandu, provides further evidence

30 Jul 2021 in Press Statements

Note to editors: Please find attached a photo and a video by Francois Rodgers MPL.

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has today met with senior SAPS management over the incitement to commit violence by Jackie Shandu, former EFF member. We have also handed over a dossier of information at the Durban Central Police Station to assist and build on the case that SAPS are investigating.

We have been briefed by SAPS that this case has been handed over to specialised police officers to receive priority attention.

This after a video of Shandu has been widely circulated on social media, chanting racist slogans and inciting attacks on Indians, on the steps of the City Hall in eThekwini.

This type of irresponsible behaviour, mobilising communities on race, is deplorable and the DA condemns this in the strongest terms. It cannot be that at a time when the province is recovering from death and destruction that certain individuals take to the streets to incite violence and hatred. Society does not need these types of people.

We call upon SAPS officials to immediately arrest this instigator and allow justice to take its course.

The DA is also concerned about the number or racist posts being circulated on social media and will further raise this with SAPS. Both the president and the minister of police made it clear that this type of behaviour would not be tolerated and action would be taken against those who incite racism and violence on social media.

The DA calls on all law abiding citizens to report any of these acts being propagated on social media. Residents can also report these incidents to the DA at defenddemocracy@dakzn.org.za.

Now is the time for our province to rebuild, heal and allow the law enforcement agencies to deal with these matters and those that transpired over the past two weeks.