A “hatred of white people” is the fuel behind ongoing protests at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, a student has told a newspaper in that city.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the student told the South African News24 service that current violent protests—focused on a student housing shortage—is marked by “an extreme hatred of whites.”
Speaking at a seminar which is being hosted by the country’s parliamentary Police Portfolio Committee, and which is focused on the high number of police killings in the country, she said the AIDS-ridden force include both “police officers and non-career personnel.”
“The 88 percent is made up of active personnel, clerks, public services act members, and sweepers,” she said.
AIDS is not the only problem plaguing the South African Police Services. According to a report issued last year, of the 158,548 operational members, some 40,000 have failed or do not have firearm competency certificates.
According to official opposition Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, most police services globally require operational members to requalify in firearm competency twice a year. “Here it is becoming the norm for armed officers not to have a competency certificate — which means there are police breaking the law.”
Barnard added that it was difficult for the public in South Africa to “feel empathy because a third of civilians are scared of the police.