DA slams Nyala purchase

The TMPD's three new RG-12 Nyalas. Photo: Kristian Meijer.

The DA has called the Tshwane metro police department’s (TMPD) acquisition of three armoured RG-12 nyalas “an act of militarisation”.

The Nyalas, purchased from state-owned defence giant Denel at a cost of R6 901 566.84, were showcased at the TMPD headquarters on Wednesday morning.

They will be operated by a newly formed public order unit in the TMPD.

But DA mayoral candidate, Solly Msimanga, has voiced his concern saying the nyalas were “vehicles of war” which had no business in civilian policing, especially “not at the hands of a municipal government”.

TMPD spokesperson, senior superintendent Isaac Mahamba, said the nyalas were bought to allow the metro police to adequately deal with land invasions.

“The TMPD finds itself having to respond to and prevent land invasions, especially of city-owned land. Responding to land invasions requires the use of minimum force allowed in law,” said Mahamba.

However Msimanga suspect a sinister motive.

“As services deteriorate, and delivery stalls in Tshwane, residents are rightfully spurred to mass action against the metro, but will now be met with brute force by the ANC government,” he said.

“The ANC government in Tshwane cannot suppress the voice of unhappy residents through military force, and nyalas have no function other than militaristic crowd control.”

He said the DA believed the acquisition of the nyalas was not transparent and would therefore press Tshwane mayor for clarity.

Also read: 

Metro cops ready for riot control

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