- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:11
The argument for the use of police body cameras is gaining momentum in South Africa, amid growing demand for greater police accountability, especially in the wake of the Marikana massacre.
An article on website The Conversation says that the chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on policing, Francois Beukman, recently asked for serious discussions on introducing body cameras in the South African Police Service, and that the police say they are discussing the use of technology, including body cameras, to improve communications and for the safety of officers. Among the hurdles to the use of technology in policing is the the need for enabling legislation, especially to cover cases where privacy and evidential matters arise, with the website explaining that the law will always remain light years behind technology.