Police brass need to do more to end wife-murder — experts

2012-01-17 00:00

WHILE police femicide — the murder of a spouse — is not a new crime in the country, it needs more attention.

This was the view expressed yesterday by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) and Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in the wake of judgment in the Morne Croeser trial.

Moses Dlamini of the ICD said it is essential for the SAPS to encourage open and honest communication among all its members.

“Members will greatly benefit from being exposed to alternative ways with which to deal with their problems like attending financial management courses, counselling and peer assistance.

“It may then be possible for other members to detect the first signs in their colleagues which may prevent the murder of their wives or girlfriends and may even save the lives of their colleagues in the process,” said Dlamini.

“Police femicide is not new in this country but a lot needs to be done to prevent it,” he said, although he was unable to provide statistics.

Johan Burger of the ISS said more should be done among police to create an awareness of domestic violence.

“Limiting members’ access to their [service] firearms while they are off-duty may save countless lives in the process. Also the pressure of getting exposed to dangers and being criticised on a daily basis may be a contributing factor in them committing these crimes and if levels of crime can come down that will mean less pressure to them” said Burger.

Dlamini added that police need management support systems to help members solve their problems before an incident occurs.

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