Members of the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) expressed their relief on Wednesday, after a criminal charge against a Pagad leader in was taken under review by the investigating officers. Pagad member Mogammad Kieraan was charged with malicious damage to property, after the windows of a known drug merchant’s home and car was smashed during a march in Freedom Park in Tafelsig.
But Kieraan claims the protestors were responsible for the incident, and failed to listen to the plea for calm. Pagad spokesperson Haroon Orrie said claimed SAPS wanted to drive fear within the communities by threatening them with arrest.
“We have challenged that in the procedure in which they want to arrest Mr Kieraan and we say that the procedure that they have followed is unconstitutional. According to us, the proper procedure that needed to be followed wasn’t followed,” said Orrie.
Orrie stated they are waiting for the investigating officer to find out what the next step will be. If the case does not proceed, Pagad will ask them to explain the reasons for the initial arrest of Mr Kieraan.
He believes SAPS has channelled too much effort into arresting people who want to make a difference instead of targeting criminals.
“We feel that they must take that very same energy and put it within the communities to arrest drug dealers and gangsters, so that we can get rid of the problem that is facing us,” added Orrie. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)