Action Society in court to oversee #BlueLightMafia case on behalf of victims; Calls on National Commissioner of Police to clarify: Who is footing the bill for the defence of the #BlueLightMafia eight?

Action Society’s representative is in the Randburg Regional court today, to oversee that the wheels of justice turns in the right direction in the #BlueLightMafia case. Action Society represents one of the victims of the incident, who were knocked unconscious during the attack. Action Society demands that bail must be denied, the eight officers’ employment contracts with the South African Police Service (SAPS) should be terminated with immediate effect and the officers must foot the bill for their defence themselves.

“We think the #BlueLightMafia eight will be charged with the pointing of a firearm, reckless and negligent driving, malicious damage to property, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and the attempt to defeat and obstruct the administration of justice. We believe that charges of attempted murder should be added for the officer who kept kicking the victim that we represent in the head, even after he was clearly unconscious.” says Ian Cameron, Director of Community Safety at Action Society.

Action Society is worried that taxpayers are footing the bill for the accused officer’s defence. “Because these members are still employees of SAPS, we suspect that the legal costs for their defence are currently being paid for by the employer.

Action Society wrote to the National Commissioner of Police, Lt Gen Sehlahle Fannie Masemola today, requesting confirmation about the eight officers’ current employment status with SAPS and clarity on who is going to foot the bill for their defence.

Read the letter here.

“They must stay behind bars for the duration of this case. They should be stripped of their ranks and fired. They must carry the legal costs themselves. It is the public against them. We do not want to defend them.”

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