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'Upsetting' that cop held in Chanelle case

2011-11-17 10:01

Johannesburg - Constable Gerhardus du Plessis, arrested in connection with the murder of Chanelle Henning, was the 503rd policeman to be arrested in Gauteng since last October, Beeld reported on Thursday.

"It is upsetting that one of our own was taken into custody," said Major General Tebello Mosikili, the deputy provincial commissioner of detective services.

She praised the officers who apprehended the group believed to be connected to Henning's death, and the community for the information provided to the police.

"If we could always have such members of the community who help us with cases, we would not have a problem with crime," she said.

Henning was shot after she dropped her son off at school in Faerie Glen, a suburb in Tshwane, last Tuesday.

Du Plessis, 34, appeared in court in connection with her murder on Wednesday. He has been suspended from the police.

The National Prosecuting Authority said three other people were expected to appear in court on Thursday.

Comments
  • herman.brummer - 2011-11-17 10:09

    I wonder, what percentage that would equate to? I bet you its higher than any demographic out there.

      grootbek - 2011-11-17 10:22

      agreed... these are only the ones we KNOW of... let alone the ones that still get away with whatever they're up to!

      StarStruck - 2011-11-17 10:41

      @Levett - Maybe because Cop nr 502 did'nt gun down a person in public.

      munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-11-17 11:04

      @ Levett - Please do not involve race in this. Crime is a crime, whether comitted by a black, white, indian or whatever race.......! And its always upsetting. This a young mother who has just left behind a yound one. Its sad, upsetting!

      Right - 2011-11-17 11:18

      Agreed....This Levett always seeks to bring race into any comment. A damn TROLL....bring the DOOM.....a PEST!

      Levett - 2011-11-17 11:28

      @ncube: So race is only an issue when it suits you like with BEE ... you hypocrite! What is more sad about this case is how the media is using it with this report to make it look like white policeman are criminals.

      Right - 2011-11-17 11:43

      @Levett...so you seem to have a problem in accepting that suspended Constable Gerhardus du Plessis is a CRIMINAL. SHAME!...Cry me a River......HE IS A COLD BLOODED MURDERER of the worst order. Your "laager mentality" sucks.

      lungelo.yili - 2011-11-17 11:45

      are you guys ever cognizant that black ppl outnumber whites in this country? just checking, maybe your logic filters were offline

      Marieta - 2011-11-17 12:01

      Levett word wakker man !! Why must the colour of a persons skin always be dragged into the picture. We all human, we all stuff up, it's not the colour of our skin that makes us do things, it our personalities, who we are.

      Aisha - 2011-11-17 12:14

      I didn’t get a chance to read Levert comments but judging by the comments directed to him, his comments seem very distasteful and racial. But having said that, the very same people that are now calling him to order usually starts the racial comments whenever the crime is committed by a black person, I am still waiting for a day that bloggers will see crime as a crime irrespective of who commit the crime

      Levett - 2011-11-17 12:15

      @Marieta: Are you a naive 16yo pothead that live in a fantasy hippie world?

      Levett - 2011-11-17 12:20

      @Marieta: Certain whites must rather leave it to others to think on their behalf. Consider yourself as one of them!

      William - 2011-11-17 12:27

      levett trolll! trolll for days! dont feed her

      Levett - 2011-11-17 13:18

      I did not say it is a "sudden upset". Point is that it's "suddenly a news article once the corrupt cop is white" i.e. this article is cheap propaganda by the media. Don't agree that we are self-destructing. It's the very reasons you mention: BEE, tolerance of insanely criminal activity by the justice system etc that destroys us. And this is a deliberate drive by the ANC since as we all know, something like BEE is a formal policy. But there is good news. The process of bringing these ANC criminals to justice has already started: http://www.vlaamsbelang.be/1/1581#.TsO_h1P5CLY.facebook

      Spyker - 2011-11-17 13:23

      No doubt, this case substantiates the full might of the law, but so must EVERY other criminal activity in SA. This entire case STINKS of prejudice towards a very small section of the crimes committed in SA. It is absolutely staggering how quickly this case resulted in a prima facie arrest - while millions of other cases (over the last 17 years) have all but got lost in the archives... Eg - what happened about the Mpumalanga Murders - I bet you most people do not even know what I am talking about... As I said - lost in the archives. SA has the worst case-to-case-resolved rate IN THE WORLD - iow, we have the worst police force in the known universe. This case, albeit legitimate, is simply another ANC RED HERRING. It was EXACTLY the same with the French geriatrics from the Karoo - it was staggering with what "force" that case was 'managed', while at EXACTLY the time a policeman was shot dead in Durban (in almost exactly the manner) - yet the police did not even bother to send an inspector to investigate it for almost three weeks - STAGGERING..! SA is a country under siege of a FASCIST BLACK NATIONALIST REGIME (reminder - the Nazi regime was a white nationalist regime) that employs the police force as a 'weapon' to implement its policies and NOT to protect the citizens as equals. Let me assure you, if the ANC is not doing exactly what the NP did, it is doing MUCH worse. This warrants EXACTLY the same economic sanctions against the ANC as it did against the NP.

      BA - 2011-11-17 13:45

      Well said Spyker! Can you please inv me on FB?

      Ann - 2011-11-17 14:19

      People who have been arrested and who appear in court whose names are known to the public should not be entitled to hide their faces, whether they are members of the police force or not. It is just plain wrong to allow these people any anonymity!

      Spyker - 2011-11-17 14:51

      Ann.., You should research your comment/s before the knee jerks the cognitive faculties into submission. What you are asking for is the equivalent of the customary practice in USA (New York specifically) called the "Perp Walk". It is the practice of parading an arrested individual (after the arrest), creating an opportunity (inter alia) for the media to take photographs and video of the event. It is simply a form of public humiliation and sensationalism that violates a defendant's right to privacy and is prejudicial to the presumption of innocence. If you are so keenly interested in seeing the faces of people who were arrested then attend the court proceedings - other than that, the civilised implementation of the law in a modern urbane society should rather be our concern.

      Kala - 2011-11-17 17:19

      levett alone

      Device - 2011-11-17 18:01

      @ Spyker_May its funny that you should tell others to research their comments especially because that is exactly what I though after reading your post. You say that SA has the worst case-to-case-resolved rate IN THE WORLD bear in mind that most African countries don't even keep police records of any kind and so to say SA is the worst in the world is a bit of a stretch. I have lived in Kenya before and let me tell you SA police are an efficient outfit compared to parts of Nairobi.

      Spyker - 2011-11-17 21:08

      @Device.., Thanks for the comment - with respect, you have obviously not been the subject of a farm-murder in SA, a case that involves a member one of the ANC elite or alike, you may beg to differ. The ANC is the biggest crime syndicate in SA - the SAPS is merely one of a number of assets at their disposal. As such, I stand by what I have said - the SAPS is the worst police force in the world, by virtue of the fact that it is in essence not a police force, it is the vanguard of an organised crime syndicate.

  • Mouldy - 2011-11-17 10:11

    Disgusting! And the Minister of Police wants to "investigate, regulate and remove the criminal element from the private security firms".

      Piet - 2011-11-17 10:30

      Ja ne, they just want to meddle in things that work.

  • ntombza - 2011-11-17 10:11

    All i want to know is why? Why this child is going to grow up without a mother?

  • CopperWoody - 2011-11-17 10:18

    The world has gone crazy.... just looking at some of the headlines this week... I am convinced. We live in a looney bin.

      dlawre30 - 2011-11-17 10:20

      I aggree - everybody has gone bonkers

      StarStruck - 2011-11-17 10:44

      This guy will be out on bail before we know it. That is how looney this country have become. What a disgrace.

      lungelo.yili - 2011-11-17 11:49

      they've requested he gets held in custody. he's been known to meddle with dockets and evidence

      r.mashigo - 2011-11-17 13:53

      the world's been always crazy

  • Erich - 2011-11-17 10:21

    It is so sad. Most of our policemen are good despite lack of proper training and good leadership in many cases. They often work in difficult circumstances and for non-white officers there are very little incentives to aspire for promotion. Their remuneration and conditions of service are poor and they often lack good equipment and transport. The mere fact that the force is riddled with corruption which originates in the ranks of senior management makes it so much more difficult. One can only hope that new leadership which also includes the political heads, will ensure that the bad element will be illiminated. I am not trying to pre-judge the outcome of this case but trust that all involved in this tragic incident will suffer the full force of the law.

      Michele - 2011-11-17 11:07

      Erich, I agree with you to a point, however being a police officer is a vocation, not just a job. If it was not thought of as an easy way to get employment by most officers, there would not be so many criminals amongst them.

      brett.scheepers - 2011-11-17 11:27

      What do you mean by "and for non-white officers there are very little incentives to aspire for promotion."? They are the ones that are getting promoted all the time.7 White officers,in the Eastern Cape, promoted to Lieutenant and about 600 non white.Guys with criminal records getting promoted,guys with std 5 getting officers posts.I was a Warrant Officer for 15 years but there are Colonels with only 8 years service,and then they can't even read or right.

      Erich - 2011-11-17 12:56

      @brett.scheepers - You are correct, sorry. Sentence should read 'non-black officers'.

  • Evan - 2011-11-17 10:21

    Holy cheese balls. And we have to call these thugs in case of emergency? I think NOT.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-17 10:33

    What a sorry state of affairs and these are the people who are there to uphold the law.

  • skyeandante - 2011-11-17 10:36

    What is the world coming to, I can't even teach my daughter to trustthe Police anymore, how do they expect us to feel safe or have respect for such Police/Traffic Officers!!! I can't believe this, that poor child!! How will he ever trust a policemen again!!!

  • Mlungisi - 2011-11-17 10:42

    Yeah we want the full story, who owed the Nigerian drugdealer dude?

      Kyle - 2011-11-17 21:56

      No one owed him anything! He was hired to get the job done!

  • Alan - 2011-11-17 10:47

    Why are these criminals allowed to hide their faces from the public. I want to see what this trash liiks like

  • Deeteem - 2011-11-17 10:57

    Total degeneration of society as we know it !! Actually disgusting that every police-person who walks past me could be a suspect !!

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-11-17 11:01

    There has to be so much more to this story! I wonder if we will ever know what actually is behind it all.

  • Johnnie - 2011-11-17 11:06

    Good show SAPS. Pity that not all the cases go like this one.Keep up the good work.

  • Paul - 2011-11-17 11:07

    Now you know why the public rate the police srvice as the lowest of the low. I would think twice about calling the SAPS in an emergency... When did this start ... 1994 ... what a coincidence... our nation has no moral fibre...I cannot even teach my kids to respect the police, my son was pulled over and threatened to pay a bribe... he is 20!

  • mark.davy2 - 2011-11-17 11:10

    This figure only represents those that have been caught....! What is the real percentage including those that are clandestine! Obviously runs into the thousands…!

  • thomas.mazibisa - 2011-11-17 11:20

    I think its time govt gets tougher with such things as drugs, illegal firearms, also value human life by bringing back the death sentence

      Positiewe - 2011-11-17 11:50

      "value human life by bringing back the death sentence". It almost sounds like you are contradicting yourself, but guys like these only respect their own lifes. If you threaten them with their own death they might think twice about killing other people. So yes, I agree.Kill these bastards.

  • denis.delaport - 2011-11-17 11:24

    Why do the police allow the accused to cover his face? Let us see the what the face of evil looks like.

  • Hendrik - 2011-11-17 11:25

    Death penalty. Why don't they bring it back? Is it against human rights? What rights did this woman had when they shot her like a dog? What can we do to bring back the death penalty? If the death penalty is brought back to S.A. this will be the best place on earth.

  • Nobuhle - 2011-11-17 11:28

    i wonder wat was the motive, but hey a little innocent baby is left behind without his mom, very sad

  • Roberto - 2011-11-17 11:39

    Is this a race to see who gets arrested more... cops or criminals

      Michele - 2011-11-17 11:52

      These cops are criminals...

  • Polok - 2011-11-17 11:58

    @Hendrik and Margie...i am one of those who has regularly been saying we need the death penalty back, unfornately it is not up to the ANC/govt to do this but us ...we need to make our voices heard somehow like through such forums , creating websites, starting campaigns, even marching the streets...we need to push the govt for a referendum...i dare all of you to click your like(or dislike ) on this comment and perhaps News24 can assist us in forging on this...lets get to 5000 likes it may prick some ears...

  • kmphasha - 2011-11-17 12:00

    If the stats for 503 police officer arrested from last October refers to October 2011, This suggest that an average of 11 police officer get arrested every day. If this is true then there is serious problem within SAPS.

      brett.scheepers - 2011-11-17 12:10

      That is just in Gauteng and it's only the tip of the iceberg.In most cases the victims are chased away from police stations so cases are never opened.

  • Polok - 2011-11-17 12:02

    @Hendrik...they shot her like a dog? ...its a shame because even dogs have better "human rights" at times...they shot Channelle without heart, without soul, without any sense of moral fibre and thought.

  • Annalene - 2011-11-17 12:54

    @LEVETT, kriminele kom voor uit al die ras groepe maar ons is 9 keer minder as hulle, daaroom die verskil in getalle.

      Marieta - 2011-11-17 13:47

      Ag los die poepol, party mense het mos oog klappe op hulle kop vas gestrap...sien net wat hulle wil.

      Levett - 2011-11-17 17:24

      Wats jou punt?

  • Jacqui - 2011-11-17 13:31

    Vlaamsbelang is a right wing Belgian political group with no love for foreigners.Why mention it here?.

  • Ian - 2011-11-17 20:29

    sick corrupt money loving PIGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • leah.molatseli - 2011-11-17 21:31

    Everytime i read about chanelle's murder, realise just how sick we all are...

  • Kyle - 2011-11-17 21:50

    I know Chanelle personally, from childhood! Such a beautiful lady, in and out! The funeral was so sad but I have no doubt she is with the Lord where she can not longer get hurt! You guys want motive? The husband paid these thugs to murder her for the son as she just won custody! Justice will be served and he will be charged soon soon! The idiot even tried to make himself cry at the funeral! God doesnt sleep!

  • Justin - 2011-11-19 11:34

    They say there are too few police . . . all the bastards are sitting in prison or court. Shocking stat!! Wonder what the country stat is?

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