Hon Speaker, millions of South Africans are not only victims of crime, but we are now increasingly facing the brunt of police brutality. It is unconscionable that almost 20 years after apartheid we continue to suffer torture, rape and death at the hands of members of our police service.
We paid R62,4 billion per annum for this to happen. Today we remember people like Mido Marcia, Andries Tatane, the men in the green blanket on the koppie at Marikana, Gcineni Noki and hundreds of other human lives lost at the barrels of the police guns that we pay for.
The DA has called on the President to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into the SA Police Service's brutality as a matter of urgency. The commission must investigate the root causes of police brutality, the actions of the SAPS leadership and the actions of political leadership that may have contributed to this culture of acting with impunity. It must also establish solutions to end the state-sanctioned scourge of our people. [Applause.]