The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West on Saturday called for a summit to address police brutality in order to entrench a culture of human rights within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“The shooting of Nathaniel Julies and Mthokozisi Ntumba at the hands of trigger-happy elements within our law enforcement is a stark reminder of what still needs to be done urgently to eradicate the culture of brutal policing that was associated with the Sharpeville Massacre,” emphasised SANCO Provincial Chairperson Paul Sebegoe.

Sebegoe said that the country must continue to nurture unity, reconciliation and nation building as it commemorates Human Rights Day marking the 61st anniversary of the tragic Sharpeville massacre.

He pointed out that the heroic sacrifices of those who fought for freedom and democracy must spur patriots across the political divide to unite, rededicate themselves to nation building and overcoming new and complex challenges that are emerging in South Africa’s young democracy.

“Public Participation Programmes such as Imbizos as well as Citizens Satisfaction Surveys including information sharing platforms need to be revived and modernized to ensure that issues that affect communities receive speedy resolution before matters get out of hand,” he stressed.

Quality service delivery is a human right which our constitution enjoins the democratic state to strive for at all levels of governance including local government which is the sphere closest to our communities,” added Sebegoe.

“Violent retort not only undermines the constitutional right to peaceful protest but begets cyclical violence including destruction of public and private infrastructure that robs our people of valued assets,” he underscored.