Hundreds of Police brutality cases were reported last year

Archive Photo: Public Order Police used stun grenades to disperse CUT students earlier this week./Photo Earl Coetzee

Thousands of cases involving police brutality have been registered with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in the previous financial year.

The latest statistics about cases against police officers came amid several reports of police brutality during the countrywide #FeesMustFall campaign that lead to the shutdown of several universities.

Free State provincial manager of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Buang Jones confirmed that allegations by students were received and referred to IPID.

The directorate received – according to its annual report – a total of 4057 cases involving allegations of police brutality.

More than 3200 of these are assault cases while 333 involve allegations of death as a result of police action and 137 about torture.

Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News