OUR VIEWPOINT: Cop’s Appalling conduct needs probe

2015-05-06 13:45


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The unprofessional and disgraceful conduct of a police officer who drove off after a KZN couple had asked him for help must be investigated.

Weenen residents Rudolf and Ranaé Niemand, who had just endured a two-hour horror ordeal, thought they had finally found help when they stopped a police officer in a remote area near Ladysmith.

After being released by the hijackers and then explaining to a police officer what had happened, the office replied, “Oh, sorry” and drove off leaving the terrified couple in his wake.

Rudolf Niemand said there was no empathy or patience from police and he has laid a charge against the policeman who did not bother to help them.

Unfortunately, the callous nature of this police officer is indicative of why many South Africans do not trust the police.

In its recent report, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation said its research showed that only 47,9% of South Africans trust the police, down from over 60% in 2012.

This lack of trust in police has led to a boom in the private security industry as many South Africans contribute to a form of double taxation.

Attempts have been made to identify why police incompetence and apathy is so prevalent in the SAPS.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate reports of SAPS inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Rebuilding trust between the Khayelitsha community and the police was seen as a good first step towards addressing the high crime rates in the community.

The erosion of trust meant people were afraid to report crimes and in some instances were victimised after reporting criminal activity.

In many instances police indifference borders on the criminal. Rather than trust police, communities resort to vigilante justice to resolve their matters. The public perception of the criminal justice system is that if you are a policeman in uniform then you do not have to fear justice. Worse still is the perception that a policeman is not to be trusted.

The trust has eroded to such a point that people feel they are treated as though they and their tragedies do not matter.

This is unacceptable and officers who do not care about the communities they serve don’t deserve to wear the uniform

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Mkhwebane makes her mark

2016-10-23 00:00

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.