Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Former Phoenix security company boss under fire for call to set up barricades

Former security company chief Glen Naidoo told the SA Human Rights Commission that when he asked members of the Phoenix Community in July to barricade streets to keep looters out, he “expected everyone to do so legally “.

When he testified at the commission hearing about the riots in July and the looting in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, Naidoo, founder of KZN VIP Protection Services, denied his call for barricades Role played in the racial profiling and killing of black people in Phoenix.

His company’s control room was inundated with emergency calls following widespread looting in Durban. He posted a video on Facebook asking the community to barricade streets.

“As a security company, I thought it was my responsibility to keep people from getting killed and the area around we live, no more is plundered. I asked people and pleaded with them. I told them to barricade the streets, protect themselves and their families, and do whatever it takes, “he said.

” Remember, I come out of security as an ex-cop, so I have expects everyone to do so in a legal manner. ”

When asked by a evidence officer whether he realized his call was unlawful and a violation of the constitutional right to free movement, Naidoo said that South Africans said that too Right to life.

“Ultimately, people had to defend themselves without the defense mechanism set out in the constitution. The president admitted, the police superintendent admitted: They were absent or too late.

“At the end of the day I told them [local residents] to put in place defenses like roadblocks. I didn’t go and tell them to kill people and I expected it to be occupied by the community police forum and the SA police.

“I was one of those who did the barricades have torn down. I was one of those who was attacked along with the police when we were dismantling the barricades. So yes, people need to be held accountable for what that person has done in their own personal capacity. “

Naidoo added that the Phoenix community as a whole is not responsible for” what criminals have done “Should be held accountable.

” We have criminals in every community. We fight with criminals. It’s not a matter of race. It’s a criminal thing. ”

The commission heard that Naidoo and two employees were arrested on“ administrative matters ”.

A charge of unauthorized possession of a shotgun was withdrawn when one Approval was presented.

Naidoo said his company became a “plague” in Phoenix after Police Minister Bheki Cele “demonized” it on national television.

“The minister said, that our company was involved in the shootings, riots and we are part of the Phoenix massacre. Where he got this information from shocks me. ”

Naidoo left the company after his image was allegedly manipulated to create the impression that he was behind the murders in Phoenix.

< p> His testimony will continue on Thursday afternoon.