POLICE TEARGAS KITCHEN PARTY | Cops raided a kitchen party in Tsholotsho and tear gassed the women. The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Obedingwa Mguni was yesterday grilled in Parliament over the incident.
“Section 219 of the Constitution says the police must detect and prevent crime, preserve security, protect lives and property, maintain law and order and call into order wherever there is disorder, and so, we will use the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) in any gathering with more than five people, depending on the type of gathering,” he said.
“I have never received any reports concerning a kitchen tea meeting, but if there was noise at that party, then the police will arrest.”
Leader of the opposition in the House Thokozani Khupe then asked Mguni to explain if private meetings held at homesteads were now illegal. “There was no noise at the kitchen tea party, but the police decided to bring teargas and guns,” she said.
“If people at that gathering exchanged wrong words and disturbed other people, then they have a right to report the issue,” said Mguni.