CPF calls for policing improvements

2019-10-22 06:00

The police officer accused and arrested for sexual assault appeared in court on Monday 14 October, where he was remanded on bail of R1 000.

The officer was arrested after he allegedly forced a housewife from the community to perform a sexual act while on a house call.

The Grassy Park community policing forum (CPF) asked for calm, as it noted with disappointment the allegations of sexual assault against one of the officers at the local police station.

“We call on community leaders not to inflame the situation and respect due process,” said Grassy Park CPF chairperson, Melvin Jonkers.

The suspect was scheduled to appear again in court on Friday 18 October. “While the CPF believes in the doctrine of innocent until proven guilty, it finds such allegations extremely disconcerting,” Jonkers said.

According to Jonkers, the CPF called on the police department to suspend the member until the matter is settled.

“We are mindful of the power relationships between police and community and it would, therefore, make no sense to have him at the police station with such a cloud hanging over him,” said Jonkers.

“Police should always be aware of the power relationship that exists and take extra care to ensure that their actions are above reproach.”

Jonkers implores police officers who are called to serve and protect the community to guard against situations that might give rise to such allegations.

“This is not the first incident of this nature and there have been other misdemeanours by police officers for which some are serving jail terms,” Jonkers laments.

“It is clear that the Grassy Park police service needs an urgent overhaul.”

The CPF suggested some remedial measures be taken in terms of sector policing which will hopefully be taken seriously.

“We call on community leaders not to inflame the situation and respect due process.

People’s Post sought a comment from the police and they had not responded at the time of going to print.

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