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‘Brutal’ pandemic policing leaves Saffers with little faith in cops

Police use strong-arm tactics on ‘soft targets’ during lockdown, a Covid-19 webinar hears

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created a space for police officers to “flex their muscles” and turn their focus on to “soft targets”.

This is what University of KwaZulu-Natal professor Sadhana Manik told delegates attending a virtual conference which examined policing during SA’s lockdown.

The webinar, titled “Policing through Violence in SA’s lockdown: Citizen rights versus police responsibilities”, looked at the role of the police during lockdown and perceptions about its members’ behaviour and practices during and post Covid-19...

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