Locals hound police for ‘corruption’

2016-03-08 06:00

Police in Ocean View have come under attack amid allegations of corruption.

Officers have been threatened, chased away from crime scenes and had rocks thrown at them.

Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of the Wynberg policing cluster, says officers receive threats on an ongoing basis as a result of allegations of corruption.

“Threats of this nature affect the morale of officers, especially those who go beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety and security of the community within the policing precinct of Ocean View,” she says.

Kathy Cronje, chairperson of the Community Police Forum (CPF), confirms the attacks.

“Unfortunately, it has also happened at murder scenes. People have thrown rocks at them and told them that they cannot come near the crime scenes. Of course this affects the officers and their performance, but the underlying fact is that the community does not trust some of the police members.

“However, the crime is out of hand now, and the only way to try to stop it is by allowing the police to do their jobs. It is not all the police members who are not trusted, just two or three members,” Cronje says.

“If there is evidence of corrupt police officials then the community is urged to ensure that this matter is brought to the attention of the station commander of Ocean View police as the police will not condone any misconduct on the part of its members,” Latchman says.

Cronje adds: “The only way an investigation into this can be opened is if someone puts in a statement under oath. That is the only way we can get rid of corrupt officers – by people coming forward. If ‘everyone’ knows they are corrupt, please could ‘everyone’ come forward. Only the community has the power to stop the corruption. If someone is prepared to put in a statement, and they do not trust the police, they can contact the CPF.”

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