Primrose Police In Contempt Of Court & Defeating The Ends of Justice

ActionSA is extremely concerned that 24 hours after the Germiston Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant of arrest for the undocumented foreign national who harrassed Patrica Khoza’s son – the woman who helped get an undocumented foreign national arrested for hijacking a building in Germiston, Ekurhuleni – the Germiston police have simply ignored acting on the arrest.

ActionSA has worked tirelessly to achieve justice for Patricia Khoza and her son after they harassed Khoza’s son on 20 December 2023 when police initially refused to open a criminal case, and they irregularly released the undocumented foreign national on a warning, similar to how they released the undocumented foreign national who hijacked the building on a warning.

After a senior prosecutor intervened, and the Germiston Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant of arrest for the undocumented foreign national, Germiston Police on Saturday morning said they were unable to act on the arrest as they had not yet received the docket from the Magistrates’ Court.

ActionSA believes the incident is an example of the breakdown of the rule of law at South African police stations where the culprits of crime are protected instead of the victims who suffer under criminal activity. We thank our City of Ekurhuleni councillor and attorney, Kutloano Phoshoko, who has spent hours assisting Khoza in the matter.

We have already written to the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, General Elias Mawela, to intervene to avoid further abuse of justice. ActionSA will in the coming week also approach the Public Protector and Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) to investigate the abuse of justice which have taken place in this regard.

ActionSA is particularly concerned about the conduct of police in this regard who deliberately blocked Khoza from opening the case, irregularly registered the case, and used false pretences to get Khoza into a room with the undocumented foreign national where she was not given a fair opportunity to respond. The police’s conduct in this regard is emblematic of what occurs in police stations across the country.

As a party which values the rule of law, ActionSA will not allow a further abuse of justice. 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.