Germiston Primrose Police: ActionSA Welcomes Arrest Of Foreign National, But Concerned Over Intimidation Of Victim

ActionSA welcomes the arrest of Sylvester Ezuko Uchekpu – the undocumented foreign national who intimidated Patricia Khoza’s son Chisom Khoza – after several delays by police in Primrose, Germiston, this morning. We are, however, concerned that in line with previous tactics used, Chisom is expected to be charged after a complaint was laid by Uchekpu.

As a party which values the rule of law, ActionSA is happy that the warrant issued by the Senior Prosecutor for Uchekpu’s arrest was actioned despite the inexplicable delay. Uchekpu was arrested for common assault. We believe that the other charges of, inter alia, theft, robbery and intimidation were intentionally omitted by Primrose Police to manipulate the system and ensure Uchekpu’s easy release from custody. We believe that Chisom was assaulted by Uchekpu after his mother Patricia Khoza helped get an undocumented foreign national arrested last year for hijacking a building in Primrose.

As an admitted attorney, I am shocked to see how Primrose Police were reluctant to action the instructions of the Senior Prosecutor in arresting Ucheckpu but have moved at the speed of light in opening a spurious counter charge against Chisom and seem very eager to process the minor for charges still unknown to us. The actions of Primrose Police are contrary to legislation and the Constitution as they are clearly not working in the interests of the minor as is required of them.

ActionSA will not rest to ensure that the rights of the Khoza’s are protected and our Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Funzi Ngobeni, and ActionSA activists will therefore attend Uchekpu’s court appearance at the Germiston Magistrate’s Court tomorrow morning.

ActionSA will also work to protect Chisom from any intimidation tactics from police. We remain concerned about the conduct of police in this regard and have, therefore, written to the Gauteng Police Commissioner to intervene to ensure that police no longer make use of delaying tactics or protect criminals instead of protecting the victims of crime.

We will furthermore be asking the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) and Public Protector to investigate the abuse of justice.

As a party which values the rule of law, ActionSA will not allow abuse of justice and ensure that criminals are held accountable. South Africa is a country governed by laws, and we will not allow those laws to be ignored. We cannot allow the hard-fought rights of South Africans to be infringed upon in such a manner.