FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 January 2021
THE PAC CONDEMNS POLICE SHOOTINGS AT THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR JP MLAMBO
At the entrance to the Lalangonxolo Cemetery and Crematorium near Daveyton in the City of Ekurhuleni on the afternoon of Saturday, 16 January, a combination of theEkurhuleni Municipality Police Department (EMPD) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) shot at marshals of the PAC preparing a guard of honour for the entry of the cortege to bury the late Comrade Johnson Phillip Mlambo under Covid-19regulations and state provincial official funeral.
Two of the marshals were severely injured and taken to the nearby hospital. The SAPS even harassed the two further and threatened to open trumped up charges of illegal gathering.
The PAC strongly condemns this dastardly act by the EMPD and the SAPS. They have acted out of line with public policing procedures by opening fire at close range without reason, without any provocation, and without warning the leaders of the marshals.
The police are trigger happy when it comes to handling street protestations of the Azanian youth. They are quite like mummies when settler elements are provocative and unlawful. This a case of colonial mentality. Slaves eager to whip the oppressed inorder to entertain their slave masters.
The PAC branch leaders will open a criminal case against the officers concerned. This was unwarranted and unnecessary for the peace officers to themselves disturb the peace, and unduly delay the process of a state funeral.
If the EMPD and the SAPS are spoiling for a fight with the PAC membership, it can be arranged. It is clear to us that this unit was working under the influence of a PAC-bashingcouncillor and her hiding partners in crime. If they want a confrontation with the PAC leadership, we can arrange for it.
Issued by the Secretary for Publicity and Information
Cde Jaki Seroke