AfriForum’s Law and Risk Training

The recent incidents involving violence in our area and the death of Dirkie highlighted the need for training, such as this, even further, even the conduct of the GMM Law Enforcement Unit made this an invaluable training session.

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Mr Marnus Kamfer, Law and Risk Manager, Afriforum, presented the course on Friday evening

Afriforum invited members of the public as well as The Bulletin to attend their law and risk training that was hosted on Friday, 21 June.
The presentation was presented by Mr Marnus Kamfer, Law and Risk Manager, Afriforum. The training was attended by the Station Commander of Secunda as well as a few other officers. Some CPF members attended and a few other individuals.
Mr Kamfer made it quite clear that certain actions can land a person in hot water and others are allowable. The recent incidents involving violence in our area and the death of Dirkie highlighted the need for training, such as this, even further, even the conduct of the GMM Law Enforcement Unit made this an invaluable training session. The Bulletin will touch on a few points made during the presentation.
The law of the SA Police Service (68 of 1995, as amended) and the CPF regulations do not give communities explicit rights to defend themselves. Neighbourhood watches and street watches are an old concept that are supported by SAP policies, visions and planning. There are a number of laws and regulations pertaining to the regulation of these watch groups.
Issues that were discussed included the safekeeping of items found on an arrested person, searching of persons and properties, ways of arrest, arrest by private persons without a warrant, warrants and arrests, request by the police, entry, breaking-in and search of premises for the purpose of arrest, force used during arrest and procedures after an arrest. There were a few more.
Afriforum prides themselves in their discipline during patrols and action, especially in relation to their neighbourhood watch programs. Any undisciplined member that would take the law into their own hands, for example, are dealt with decisively.
It is against this background that The Bulletin noticed something appalling. Not by members of Afriforum, but by a member of the public. Reliable sources stated that the person represented a group called “Boere Mobliteit/Mobilisasie.” The person was so disruptive that Mr Kamfer struggled to present his presentation. All Mr Kamfer’s statements were questioned. Mostly with questions relating to when it would be possible to shoot an assailant or even a house breaker. It became so difficult to follow the lecture as she continued asking when it is acceptable to assault someone. It would appear as if the only thing that she wanted to do is assault or shoot another person. What made it even more appalling is that the Afriforum platform had been misused and captured for her own gain. This is reminiscent of the few intoxicated individuals that wanted to disrupt the committee meeting in eMbalenhle.
The use of force during arrest was extensively covered. Only the minimum force necessary to subdue a person will be tolerated and only if certain conditions are met. The Station Commander said to The Bulletin afterwards that he thought that that kind of training was very helpful and extremely necessary. Afriforum intends to present training like this again and hopes to include all those involved in securing towns. What should be known to everybody is that there are laws and rules regulating patrolling, arrests and confiscating belongings, but it doesn’t mean that it is prohibited. If the situation permits then even citizen’s arrests would be legal.
Please join The Bulletin when Afriforum hosts their next training session and let us all learn more about our rights and of those so-called criminals.

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