Failure of Law Enforcement to Investigate Primrose Matter an Indictment on Criminal Justice System

ActionSA believes the unwillingness of South African law enforcement to investigate the circumstances around the arrest of Tony Kadzadi – an illegal immigrant allegedly involved in the illegal hijacking of property in Primrose, Ekurhuleni – is an indictment of our criminal justice system.

Kadzadi, who was arrested in January after an intervention by ActionSA, was set to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning, but the matter was again postponed to 28 April.

Ms. Patricia Khoza, the woman who raised the matter against Kadzadi, was also previously bogusly detained by police for property transgression, despite Kadzadi illegally occupying the property.

ActionSA has written to National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shamila Batohi, the acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka, Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Head Dikeledi Jennifer Ntlatseng and Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, about Kadzadi’s arrest and the irregular circumstances around granting bail, but to date none of these criminal justice agencies have launched formal investigations.

Their failure to investigate the matter is an indictment of South Africa’s criminal Justice system as justice has not been provided for the community of Primrose, while Kadzadi – who does not hold South African documents – are able to walk freely while his case is continuously delayed.

The case is a prime example of how the South African criminal justice system protects culprits, instead of protecting our communities. ActionSA will maintain pressure to ensure that justice prevails and that law and order are restored to Ekurhuleni.

For too long, the South African government has allowed lawlessness to take over in our communities, and ActionSA – a party committed to the rule of law – will do everything in its power to ensure that the situation is turned around.