Khaya Dlanga

Screw the police

2011-08-16 09:03

Khaya Dlanga

Last week we heard General Cele say that Desmond Tutu is not a “vice Jesus, not a deputy Jesus,” and telling other people to “shut up”, and so on so forth and stuff like that to use the words of former president Thabo Mbeki. We thought we’d heard the last from the police then. But no, it was not to be, the Sowetan made sure of that.

The rap group, NWA sang the now famous, “Fuck the police”. They naturally, didn’t mean literally when that came out. What we saw from the Sowetan (or should I say the Scopewetan?) yesterday gave a new meaning to “Fuck the police”.

I was not shocked by the fact that the officers had sex. What I found shocking and unbelievable was the fact that the male officer had a German haircut (sorry, white people, you won’t know what this is). Even though it’s named after a race of white people, it’s a black hairstyle. It’s an unforgivable 80s haircut. It is criminal. Even Chicco, the inventor that hairstyle abandoned it years ago, and yes, even Rebecca Malope. I’m sorry, Dr Rebecca Malope to you.

At least cops don't just screw us, they screw each other as well. Which is comforting. A word of advice: don’t bribe cops with money, bribe them with condoms. I won’t lie, I was entertained and of course, shocked that there was such a front page.

The Scopewetan newspaper published pictures of the two uniformed officers engaged in what Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa described as an “immoral act” and an “embarrassment to the uniform and badge of the police and that of correctional services”. The minister is not correct in calling sex an immoral act. There is nothing immoral about what they were doing. They shouldn’t have been doing it at work, while allegedly on duty. The two officers were supposedly meant to be guarding a suspect they had transported from a government hospital for a medical check-up at Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp. Perhaps this is why one of the female officers was dismissed.

When I saw the minister’s words I wondered somewhat if there would be considerations to reinstate the Immorality Act, which was passed by the apartheid government in 1950. The act banned sexual relations between whites and non-whites. This time, the act would ban sexual relations between officers.

What is in fact immoral is the humiliation the officers have been subjected to as a direct result of the headlines and the fact that the video of the act was made publicly available. The correctional services officer who recorded the act was absolutely dumb for collecting evidence against himself.

There are two things that were inappropriate about this story, one: the fact that the Scopewetan decided to make the story a front page one. The other, the fact that one was dismissed and the other was probably forced to resign. These two poor people are now without jobs for engaging in these “immoral acts”. If every person who had sex with someone else other than their spouse was fired or resigned there would be many unemployed people in the country.

The officers should have been brought before some sort of disciplinary committee. There are police who have done far worse things who still have jobs.

The only reason the officers are not fighting their dismissal is probably due to the humiliation they feel right now. They can’t face their colleagues after this.

The thing that the minister should have asked is what is wrong with the force that has caused these officers to behave in this way? What is going on there? What are the physiological pressures that face these officers on a daily basis that cause them to behave in such reckless ways? The choice for political grandstanding was made instead, a kneejerk reaction against people who don’t know how to defend themselves. Yes, they were wrong but what happened to them after was worse.

May this be a warning to those people who make sex videos of themselves. No matter how careful you are with your material, your video could end up in the wrong hands. Say no to sex videos. If you have one, destroy it or we will be seeing you on the front page of the Scopewetan.

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