KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has condemned the incident.
“We are alarmed and quite frankly‚ disgusted by this incident. It is very shocking that an officer of the law will point a firearm at children and force them to admit to having broken into his home. We will not tolerate any form of behaviour that threatens the safety and wellbeing of children.
“It also worsens the situation that nothing was found from these vulnerable children. We are really taken aback by these allegations involving police officers who are supposed to be custodians of the law,” she said.
MEC Khoza said no one had a right to abuse children. She vowed not to leave this matter unattended.
“No police officer has a right to take the law into their own hands. How does a person get the audacity to point a firearm at children and force them to drink petrol.
“We will be engaging with the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda and MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mrs Peggy Nkonyeni, to ensure that these allegations are investigated,” she added.
She said for someone to allegedly violate children’s rights in this manner really flies in the face of all of our efforts as a government to protect children and all vulnerable groups.
“We hope the law will take its course and rid the rogue officers.”