The deputy minister of Home Affairs Obedingwa Mguni said that police officers are not allowed to throw spikes at moving vehicles and said that the government would investigate cases where police endangered the lives of people by throwing spikes. However, the minister stressed that spikes in themselves are not illegal. Mguni said that police are free to use spikes as long as the spikes are used as barriers.
Speaking to the Chronicle Mguni said:
I want the public to know that spikes are part of policing. There are so many people who think they are not. They work as barriers. They assist the police in controlling traffic, they work the same way as drums and traffic cones,
However, police are not allowed to throw them under a moving vehicles