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Vol 52 No 14

Published 8th July 2011

South Africa

Police powers set to expand

The security forces have gained extra powers under President Jacob Zuma and some fear that these could be used to curb political opposition. The police are certainly tough enough already. In the twelve months to March last year, the Independent Complaints Directorate recorded five complaints of torture against the police and 920 of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Seven of the 294 deaths in custody were linked to torture and 90 others to ‘injuries sustained in custody’. The ICD also investigated 24 complaints of rape by police officers.

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