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Youth lose confidence in police - survey

2012-06-11 14:00

Johannesburg - Most South Africans aged between 18 and 34 across all race and demographic boundaries have lost confidence in the police, a survey has found.

About 62% of those questioned believed the police were becoming more corrupt, 51% said government did not do enough to support the police, and 66% said they did not trust the police to come to their aid in an emergency.

The results of the survey, which was conducted among 4 024 people across the country by consumer insights company Pondering Panda, were released on Monday.

It found that 47% of respondents said the police were becoming worse at their job, and that 49% believed the police were not properly trained.

Government had not put the right people in charge of the police, 57% said.

"These figures are quite alarming, clearly showing the South African youth have lost faith in our police service," Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said in a statement.

Getting worse


"They hold the government responsible for the situation and see things getting worse, rather than getting better."

Only 26% of respondents felt the police were getting better at doing their job, compared to the 48% who felt they were getting worse.

"What is needed now from government is strong leadership. Government could begin to rectify the sentiment by appointing a police commissioner that people have confidence in," said Wakefield.

"They should also ensure that police officers are adequately trained and they have access to the resources necessary to adequately do their jobs."

Although all demographic groups were negative in their assessment of the police, black South Africans were least negative, possibly because the police had focused on increasing the effectiveness of policing in the townships, Pondering Panda said.

However, perceptions of increasing corruption were uniformly negative across all race groups. Of the Indian and Asian participants, 72% held this view.

Sixty-two percent of coloured participants, 61% of black participants, and 60% of white participants felt corruption was increasing.

"Corruption, in particular, stands out as a significant problem, and it is imperative that the public feels that the police are taking a tough stance on corrupt cops," Wakefield said.

Comments
  • Loo - 2012-06-11 14:07

    LOSE CONFIDENCE ????? Haven't had it to start with the past 10 years. Where have these people been seriously.

      Scouter - 2012-06-11 14:43

      The writing is on the wall - you can sometimes overcome corrupt and inept governments but never, ever an unstable or untrustworthy police force. SA will see the rise of a Zim styled CIO very soon. Believe me on this one.....

      Rob - 2012-06-11 15:10

      Most of the youth are either criminals or members of SAPS ! Bad choice for a survey.

      Erich - 2012-06-11 15:17

      All the more reason why the Prez should get rid of Cele (and the likes).

      Michaele - 2012-06-11 15:21

      This is a sad state of affairs. There are career opportunities within the police force for a huge amount of our youth, but unfortunately the honest kids will not be attracted due to the corruption. However, the noose tightens, as in my opinion, the corruption will attrract the not so honest youngsters who will see this as a quick money making opportunity.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-06-11 15:36

      Why would we care what the youth think? Why don't you ask the real bread winners? Businesses, Farmers etc.

  • charles.olivier.545 - 2012-06-11 14:13

    Exactly... I you wish to become apart of crime and the statistics then simply ask a Cop to help you... this woudl be what you get back: A racial slur thrown at you then a slap or two till you are on the floor Once down you'd be kicked with the shouting of some more racial slurs... SAPS has become sinonimous with: Slapping All People Silly! no more server and protect unless you can give them a somehting something.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-11 14:18

      Charles, did you by any chance a video clip of a female cop manhandling a female driver? She was dragged out of her car, knocked to the ground face down and then held down with the cops boot on the back of her neck. This image remains with me to this day. I have no faith in them at all.

  • Andrew - 2012-06-11 14:18

    Any one surprised when Zuma appoints corrupt political appointees who are only interested in lining their pockets. The problem lies fare and suare on the ANC lack of leadership!!!!

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-06-11 14:18

    The 26% who is saying they are doing a better job probably includes Zuma and Cronies.

  • DeSmiffs - 2012-06-11 14:20

    How are they supposed to respect the Police, when they get sworn at and almost hit, by one of them on Friday night in Durban.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-11 14:21

    And who is to blame here ..... apartheid ??? Try Zuma and his corrupt ANC !!

      Christopher - 2012-06-11 14:25

      comment of the day! well said deeteem!

      michelle.msainda - 2012-06-11 23:45

      Well Deeteem keep in mind that the Apartheid government wasn't any better, so its safe to say they(ANC) learnt from the best(Big Brother)......

      Tyran Von Bear - 2012-06-12 07:50

      ANC... "Apartheid in rainbow colours". Buy now while stocks last

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-11 14:24

    Well not all policemen/women are corrupt, some do their job, and well at that. There are just certain one's that do not care and only think of themselves. Some also blatantly discriminate against homosexuals (nothing was done when a drunk older woman assaulted a lesbian friend of mine, in front of 3 cops, and when wanting to report this at the station, we were told it would be a waste of time to try lay a charge) Some are pathetic, some are brilliant!

      Kala - 2012-06-11 14:35

      I agree Wesley but like most practices in life it only takes a few bad people to bring an entire organisation down.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-11 14:48

      Too true

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-11 14:25

    NSS... Everywhere you hear of people being bribed, vehicles being used to do transport for shops and cop being involved in crimes like selling fire arms and police clothing.... Another good example of the poor power the anc has...

  • ThaBob - 2012-06-11 14:27

    The very last number that I would ever thinl of calling in an emergency is.......TA DAH.....the "poeplieste" ! They are a threat to national security Armed response, panic button, radio, neighbourhood watch......TA DAH.....I call them first ! They are NOT a threat to national security !!!

  • Scouter - 2012-06-11 14:27

    The writing is on the wall - you can sometimes overcome corrupt and inept governments but never, ever an unstable or untrustworthy police force. SA will see the rise of a Zim styled CIO very soon. Believe me.....

  • Mc Ndlovu - 2012-06-11 14:31

    b4 u blame them which part or role are u playing in your community when it comes to reporting crime cause everyone knows someone whose doing crime n its start by those small/petty crimes smoking ganja whoonga, which leads to serious crimes such as rape so dont be to quick to judge u are just the same as them

      Christopher - 2012-06-11 14:40

      mc ndlovu what do YOU do? We are just as bad as them? hhhmmm i cant seem to remember being paid to keep criminals off the street, and come to think of it, I have no knowledge of "someone who is doing crime" in my community! Thats what the cops are for retard! And please, dont bring dagga into this, I can garauntee you know far to little to actually realise what the plant is even about!

      RangoAndEmy - 2012-06-11 14:52

      There isnt anyone in my neighbourhood doing Whoonga so I cant help there.. but I do keep an eye out on all my neighbours in my street to see who comes and goes and most are normal decent hardworking people, except one who is an ex-cop and I think he is into criminal activity so I told the police this, that is the best I can do in my street.

      Georgina - 2012-06-11 14:58

      We've been reporting on the crime of your leaders, but alas, nothing is being done. Now that you know this, it is your duty togo and do something about it. What you waiting?

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-06-11 14:47

    Go to Rietgat police station, you will find a bunch of lazy hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • johann.visser.98 - 2012-06-11 14:53

    The polise ,just another example of how the ANC has failed,the youth of RSA is tired of you and from all races, we want improvement and with this we need change of power ,people that can and know how and take pride in what they do ANC does not have any of these qualities just stupidity and advertising apartyd to scare people because ANC cant deliver just steal....THE youth is tired of this!

  • donald - 2012-06-11 14:56

    really, how shocking...

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-11 15:16

    now let's see if this one is deleted too. my heart goes out to all those policemen and policewomen who put their uniform on each day believing they can make a difference to protect and serve, without the pay to match and the poor facilities they must work in and then not only be a target and no deterent at all to criminals but getting no respect from the general public all because they represent the government and so many of their police chief bosses are facing corruption and/or criminal charges. Big Respect to the boys and girls in blue who are working a 'calling'.

      Jane Dawson - 2012-06-11 15:28

      It is so sad that the minority again seem to spoil things for the majority. The vast majority of policemen and women work very hard for very little reward. The minority are corrupt, rude and inept, and, unfortunately, these are the ones who draw recognition.

      Dee - 2012-06-11 15:43

      Indeed Tricia .... how could I wear that uniform with pride and not want to take bribes given the management ethos of a Selebi, Cele and worse apparently in the other ranks. And M&G reporting that Mkhawanazi about to get the chop for his brave actions as Acting-Acting head ...and be replaced by another not-via-the-ranks appointee. I would like to join a march in protest of another 'political appointment' to head SAPS.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-11 15:20

    Leaving aside the utter obviousness in this story regarding a lack of confidence in the SAPS, how are folks in their thirties being classed as youth? Does potty training happen at the age of 12 in SA these days?

  • rory.short1 - 2012-06-11 15:27

    This is a tragedy. It was certainly not what many of us were looking for post 1994. In the ANC leadership of that time there were enough people of high moral calibre to keep the government on the right track. Unfortunately the balance seems to have swung to the 'me first' brigade since then and good governance is not on the agendas of the 'me first' brigade.

  • Oom - 2012-06-11 15:35

    Hell..! I would not like to be a policeman today.. The criminals are so well connected, I would be too scared to arrest anybody, in case I caught someone important’s kid, or friend... This would be frowned upon in the community..ne.. Don’t want to be singled out in the crowd as the enemy of the government... Besides, being a policeman/woman is just another job, with the best medical aid, housing subsidy , plenty sick leave, bla dib la dib la... Don’t have to be smart, can walk with hands in your pockets, can lie around, don’t even need to answer the phone if you don’t feel like it. If you’re lucky, you can have sex in the cells with a fellow comrade. (as seen on TV) Nice life ...or what..??

  • richard.zanner - 2012-06-11 15:36

    "The youth lost confidence". Excuse me the whole population has lost confidence. Where is the confidence supposed to be. Commissioner been fired twice. All the reports about the bribery and corruption even on the ground e.g at road blocks. No police means no investigation to go to the prosecuting authorities means no prosecuting and so the chain goes on. To be a criminal in this country is a great business, high yield low risk.

  • Gavin - 2012-06-11 15:41

    not just the youth, pretty much everybody, cops today are fat lazy corrupt slobs - the only way one of our very much best finest in blue would catch a criminal is if they dropped dead while being chased. the new police cars don't even needs seats as most of our 'cops' have such big asses (it's amazing they actually fit into their cars).

      Riaan - 2012-06-11 16:30

      Prisoners must have booked themselves into the overcrouded prisons. Nice of them....

  • rory.short1 - 2012-06-11 15:55

    This is a tragedy. It was certainly not what many of us were looking for post 1994. In the ANC leadership of that time there were enough people of high moral calibre to keep the government on the right track. Unfortunately the balance seems to have swung to the 'me first' brigade since then and good governance is not on the agendas of the 'me first' brigade.

  • Martin - 2012-06-11 16:01

    WHAT POLICE, ALL I SEE ARE PLAIN CLOTHED AND UNIFORMED CRIMINALS

  • Riaan - 2012-06-11 16:01

    Well, if the pondering panda says so, who am I to argue?

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-11 16:07

    My whole neighborhood was robbed by the same people tell me why I should have confidence in the police

      John - 2012-06-11 22:39

      My neighborhood only became safe when all the neighbours watch out for each other and respond to each and every alarm and persue unrelentingly the criminal until he has been apprehended. The police arrive a few hours later if at all! to \take statements\ if they can find the \transport\. You, the people should spend some time in your local police station to observe the behaviour of your \public SERVANTS\j who clearly behave as if they are our \MASTERS\! lazy, insolent, unhelpful, very badly trained.

      John - 2012-06-11 22:40

      My neighborhood only became safe when all the neighbours watch out for each other and respond to each and every alarm and persue unrelentingly the criminal until he has been apprehended. The police arrive a few hours later if at all! to \take statements\ if they can find the \transport\. You, the people should spend some time in your local police station to observe the behaviour of your \public SERVANTS\j who clearly behave as if they are our \MASTERS\! lazy, insolent, unhelpful, very badly trained.

  • Travis - 2012-06-11 17:08

    Was robbed twice 2 years ago, police seemed uninterested, unprofessional, and untrained. The second time we never bothered calling the police, cause if felt like there was absolutely no point. I wouldn't be surprised if the supposed improvement in crime stats is due to less people reporting incidents.

      John - 2012-06-11 22:21

      The police are a bloody waste of time! \r\nThey behave as if they are doing you a favour by taking your complaint. They have lost sight of the fact that they are the SERVANTS of the people, not the MASTER!\r\nThere are the dedicated few, but they are so few that the majority have no idea that their purpose is \TO CREATE AN ORDERLY PEACE SO THAT BUSINESS CAN BE CONDUCTED!\\r\nWe, appear to have been relegated to the position of \SERVANT\ to our servants and should fear them! take orders! and instructions! from them.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-06-11 21:09

    Anybody remember when joining the police force, becoming a school teacher, Doctor, Lawyer were respected career choices? Now we have a violent, rotten police force, striking, lazy, good for nothing teachers, Cuban and Nigerian Doctors who cant tell the difference between an ass or elbow and lawyers who break down in court, overwhelmed by emotion because he couldnt figure out where clause 3 (c) was in his reference file.

  • Neo Moate - 2012-06-11 23:54

    I feel the entry level to become a police should be set higher... they must have at least related tertiary qualification, not just get in with Matric. People will start respecting them and by that it creates an understanding to the society that this is a well respected post, no just anybody can enter..

  • Kevin Narainsamy - 2013-03-19 18:19

    Was at a police station the other day when a trainee policeman did not know that there were 24hrs in a hour day! Seriously!! Can you #%^&$ believe that!?! Talk about losing confidence!

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