Bail shock at Mahikeng police station

2012-03-27 13:55

Johannesburg - A parliamentary committee has called for a full probe into the way bail is granted to suspects in Mahikeng.

The police portfolio committee is shocked at discovering that police in Mahikeng grant bail to people arrested for serious crimes such as assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property, committee chairperson Sindi Chikunga said on Tuesday.

The committee called for a full investigation into the matter, which was discovered when proof of payment books for bail were scrutinised during an oversight visit to the Mahikeng police station on Monday, she said.

"We need a full, detailed investigation and report on this matter. If it was one case we would understand that it was a mistake, but the entire bail receipt book is filled with these incidents."

The committee was also shocked to discover that the bail conditions file at the community service centre was also not properly managed.

Are bail conditions being met?

For instance, the file had papers that needed to be signed, but did not explain the conditions under which people were granted bail.

"Things like how often a person needs to present themselves to the station to sign are not accompanying the paper the person signs on," Chikunga said.

"We cannot tell if the people reporting, as required by their bail conditions, are meeting those conditions that they were released on."

Officials present could not explain how this situation was possible.

"If you go through the file carefully there might be crimes committed there," she said.

Other incidences observed included that of a person who had been an awaiting-trial detainee for two years and nine months at the station cells.

Case dockets missing

Committee members found contraband, shoelaces, and shaving blades in some cells at the station.

The committee also found that 59 case dockets went missing at the station. There were investigations initiated on the missing dockets, but it was not clear what would happen afterwards.

Also, there was limited space to store dockets and the office was soon going to run out of room.

"However, there are no plans to deal with this eventuality. The committee acknowledged that there were SA Police Service members at the station who were doing a great job despite these challenges. We urge them to continue being a beacon of hope at the station," Chikunga said.

The committee is on an oversight visit to the North West this week and will be visiting Itsoseng police station on Tuesday, Stella on Wednesday, Potchefstroom on Thursday, and Bedwang on Friday.

  • berni.venter - 2012-03-27 14:09

    That's clever News24. If they didn't know about the inspections they will now and not only that but will be able to remove evidence of wrong doing now that they know what the committee is looking for!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-27 14:12

    And yet another success story... each day - I am sorry - each hour something else comes out of the mismanaged new South Africa a la ANC!

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  • Shirley - 2012-03-27 14:33

    This is the tip of the iceberg! Now we know why crime is so rife! Inept staff-inept leaders=country in crisis!

      Scouter - 2012-03-27 16:06

      and a Presidential Bodyguard that is full of Colonels ....

  • Mark - 2012-03-27 14:44

    I can well believe that there were SAP members at the station who were doing a great job, else the place would be a spaza shop. However, please tell us about those in charge - who are obviously not doing such a great job. Why are they still in charge and what happens next or is that it, ho ho and off we go?

  • Andrew - 2012-03-27 14:49

    Once again typical of our corrupt ANC ridden police force. Nothing new.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-27 15:23

    Now can you imagine how things are going at other police stations. The one is an bigger idiot than the next. From station commander to cleaner. WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE CORRUPT IDIOTS?? Is it only the private sector that can appoint black people that can actually do their job. It is actually an insult to black people to be judged on the idiots serving in the goverment. There are so many good people out there.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-03-27 15:25

    Police station? Which police station? Do we even have police in this country?

      Sharon - 2012-03-27 15:28

      I think they fill up the police station with prisoners seeing our jails are full. They earn an income while stealing and serving "time".

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-27 16:10

      yes they just fill up the police station with prisoners

  • btosuffer - 2012-03-27 15:32

    it is very suprising for the comitte members to find this discrepencies at the station,what is the use of having station commissioner and detective commander?this is very clear that they are ineffective they must be redeployed to smaller stations because mahikeng big stage for them!

  • Harold - 2012-03-27 16:26

    I am starting to be convinced that many of the cadre who fled to Tanzania and Zambia and other nieghbouring states were nothing but common criminals on bail and now when they commit crimes expect to be treated the same way and be given Criminal refugee status(bail)

  • Kegodile - 2012-03-27 16:35

    Is der any good police station in dis country?lets ask Mugabe some tips on how he handle his country and police stations in Zim

  • Koos - 2012-03-27 17:59

    R200 bail on the book and R1 000 for me, thank you. It's a culture!

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