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The Devil Wears Blue

14 November 2011, 10:32
Police officials have been dominating news headlines in recent months. But not for their impeccable service to society or for derailing the crime express train off its tracks. Several police officials have been arrested for crimes ranging from defeating the ends of justice, using a state vehicle without authority, corruption, fraud, rape, armed robbery to murder.

As long as corruption is thrown in our gene pool, the ripples in the water will remain continuous; expanding rapidly with each throw. Police in South Africa are implemented a zero tolerance policy which could include issuing orders to “Shoot to Kill” suspected criminals. Bheki Cele, the national chief of police should know that this is an apartheid-era policy.

Some law enforcers are out of control; this policy has merely increased police brutality. Cele has taken a wild dog off its leash, dogs which are above the walls of our tattered judicial system. The very same people who are supposed to instil public order and safety do the exact opposite. The colour blue is closely becoming synonymous with crime, during the era of apartheid the colour black took on that role.

The Weapons Bill which outlaws toy guns, pepper spray, knives and other “dangerous weapons” in public places is a few steps close to Parliament. This Bill has its pros and cons, pros Die Burger newspaper reported that people found with certain objects in “suspicious circumstances” will not be able to use self-defence as an argument in court and could face up to three years in prison.

The proposed law will allow policemen to arrest people who may not even have any criminal intentions at all. The Bill’s loop hole is the fact that you will not be able to use self-defence as a defence also makes the Bill unconstitutional. Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald criticised the Draft since a woman walking late at night with pepper spray in her purse could also be rounded up because she might not be able to argue that the spray is for self-defence.

How can we defend ourselves from criminals in blue, although the Bill has positive aspects of decreasing crime in the sense those potential criminals found in possession of toy guns to commit crimes; these crimes can be prevented before they are committed. But stories of police officials involved in criminal activities have made me lose faith and trust in the men in blue. So my question is, in this era of political corruption and crimes committed by law enforcement, who do we trust and who can we call upon for help? The only blue I trust is that of the colour in the sky- where my call for help never falls on death ears. For God is forever listening.

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