SERI, together with partner organisations Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), has produced a set of infographics on the Panel of Experts Report on Policing and Crowd Management. The infographics have been developed to inform members of the public and the media about the contents of the panel report and its key recommendations.
More specifically, they provide information about the circumstances the led to the Panel of Experts being established, namely the Marikana massacre of 2012; the different issues the panel examined; what the panel said on issues of professionalisation, demilitarisation, and accountability; what the panel said on protest, the law, and crowd management; and what is needed for the successful and timeous implementation of the report.
The Panel of Experts was established in 2016 by then Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko in terms of the recommendations of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana massacre. The Panel then developed and submitted its report to the Minister of Police in July 2018. Finally, in March 2021, weeks after the police killing of Mthokozisi Numba, the Minister of Police publically released the report. The panel was chaired by the late judge David Sakelene Vusimuzi Ntshangase and consisted of local and international policing experts in policing as well as members of the South African Police Services (SAPS).
“The Panel advocates for a professional, demilitarised and accountable police service lead by experienced, competent and credible leadership of unassailable integrity and for a system of crowd management that has as its foundation the responsibility to give full effect to the right to freedom of assembly embodied in section 17 of the Constitution, 1996.”