Security analysts believe there is an urgent need for proper police command and control if incidents such as the one that happened in Ficksburg in the Free State last Wednesday are to be avoided. Activist Andries Tatana was brutally assaulted and shot allegedly by police officers during a service delivery protest in the area.
Six police officers have been arrested in connection with the incident. They will be back in court next week. Senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, Johan Burger, says although people can start asking questions about the quality of training that the police receive, the Ficksburg incident mostly had to do with command and control.
The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation has meanwhile called for a change in policing in South Africa. According to the Independent Complaints Directorate, 524 people were killed by police between 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, Tatane's family has commended the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) on their swift action to nab the six police suspects.