Police violence: why it happens

By Drum Digital
20 April 2011

IT WAS an image that filled all law-abiding citizens with horror: seeing Andries Tatane die on a street in Ficksburg. The incident, some say, confirmed an emerging pattern of police brutality at service delivery protests just weeks ahead of local government elections. And it's simply one sign of a bigger problem that has seen an increase in the number of killings and serious assaults by police.

"Police officers should uphold the rule of law and not be the ones accused of breaking it," says Francois Beukman, head of the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), which monitors police actions.

With their public image at a low point, DRUM asks whether there is something wrong with our police.

Read the article in the Drum of 5 May 2011 – and share your views below.

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