Wear black for ‘heroes of our country’, cops’ supporters urged

2012-06-21 00:00

THERE was an outpouring of support on social media sites yesterday following the arrests of 20 policemen from the Durban Organised Crime Unit.

Families and friends and victims of crime hailed the policemen as ­“heroes of our country” and urged people to attend their bail hearing in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today.

Supporters were asked to wear black in honour of the officers.

While the officers were detained overnight at the Durban Central police cells, supporters condemned their arrests as unjust and said they now feared the worst for the country.

Ashley Sigamoney Nagano said on Facebook it was a sad day when criminals had more freedom than policemen. “Cops are prosecuted when involved in an accident whilst rushing to a scene, when using necessary force to arrest suspects and shooting instead of being shot. Shameful.”

Shireen Slater said: “The Hawks should rather catch my sister and brother-in-law’s murderers — both were brutally murdered over 10 months ago on the East Rand and NO ONE has been arrested.”

Marcus Pillay wrote that the charges against the officers should be changed.

“It should read they are being charged for defending themselves against the finest citizens who raped women and children while fathers and brothers were forced to watch, then killed and robbed people and we, the state, are against all that is right.”

Sue Petzer wrote that the developments were not only sad, but horrific.

“We are in for a fight for our lives from here on as criminals will have carte blanche to do as they want, knowing there are no repercussions. And this does not only mean common street thugs.

“This particularly means that crime will be driven from the top down and the bottom up. We will be robbed blind, if not murdered or raped,” she wrote.

Gavin Foster said it was possible that some members of the unit had overstepped the mark.

“That should come out in court [if this ever gets there].

“The really stinking bit though is how this whole exercise is aimed not at exposing the truth, but at obscuring evidence of the foul and filthy actions of these guys’ superiors in the police.

“And the lack of interest by our elected ‘leaders’ in sorting out the seething nest of stinking corruption — it makes decent people want to vomit,” wrote Foster.

A comment on a picture of one of the officers being led away in cuffs read: “This man, handcuffed, is the same man the press and the police were praising 3 weeks ago for being the integral person in finding Kaylene Lewis, this man is the same man who has with the UNIT solved and arrested hundreds of the worst criminals that walk our streets.

“NOW arrested along with 19 others for doing their jobs too well.”

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