Cop transferred after shaving incident

2011-02-03 09:34

Johannesburg - The trainer responsible for enforcing the shaving of recruits' heads at the Ulundi Police College has been transferred to an Ulundi police station, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

"He has been transferred to an Ulundi police station... he does not work at the college anymore," spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said.

Within three days of the shaving, which happened in January, one of the recruits, Chantal Young, 27, was so severely sunburned, she needed medical attention.

Naidoo said the police force was not allowed to force recruits to shave their heads.

"Policemen must have their hair short, but policewomen are advised to keep their hair short to avoid discomfort. It is their prerogative to keep their hair short."

Young's father Antoon said on Tuesday his daughter sought medical help, but was told that since she was not yet a member of the police's medical aid, she couldn't see a doctor.

FF Plus wants probe

He said he was told all the women who refused to have their heads shaved were punished with physical training.

The other female recruits collected money for Young to see a doctor, Antoon Young said.

Naidoo said Young was not denied medical attention, saying a resident nurse at the college attended to her and then consulted a local doctor in Ulundi.

Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said the shaving of female recruits' heads should not be allowed. Recruits had not been provided with hats, which resulted in Young's suffering, he said.

"It is also humiliating and an infringement on their human rights. It appears as if the new military approach in the police is being used as a smokescreen which could lead to malpractices."

He would ask Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to launch an investigation and take action against commanders who encouraged shaving the heads of women recruits.

Naidoo said "departmental investigations" were continuing into the matter.

  • sanele - 2011-02-03 09:41

    shooo!! that was a close shave

      mcilliers1 - 2011-02-03 10:06


      Licikityspit - 2011-02-03 11:22

      @ Mr D Please grow a brain!

      alousav - 2011-02-03 12:44

      Mr D I think you need help - and fast!

  • Valkerie - 2011-02-03 10:05

    So the trainer has been transferred. How nice. I hope that severe disciplinary action is taken against this person- demotion maybe - but then again, hope springs eternal.

      Reveal Them - 2011-02-03 10:17

      He won't be he has already got off and his punishment is to reward his behavior by transferring him.

      AJ - 2011-02-03 10:31

      @Valkerie- unfortunately in these times, being transferred IS the severe disciplinary action.

  • Len - 2011-02-03 10:07

    The training officer should be charged with dammaging governmunt property.

      Paul - 2011-02-03 10:38

      Ye , pre 1994 that would have have been the case.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-03 10:12

    She was seen to by a doctor in Ulundi..was it perhaps a witch doctor..

      pointblankza - 2011-02-03 10:26

      Another weak attempt coolwaynie, don't give up your day job.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-03 11:42

      So in Ulundi there only witch doctors?

      obliette - 2011-02-03 13:23

      There are actually some good doctors in Ulundi

  • Turkey eater - 2011-02-03 10:16

    The transfer is probably a promotion ......

  • sjackson - 2011-02-03 10:16

    I hope they put this trainer in an office to do all the admin work by hand, no computer or telephone or any communication with people because he has no way of dealing with humanbeings. Well do to those who took him away from training. He want to show those trainees who is boss but he made a very big mistake and now we WILL see who is boss, don't mess with a women.

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-03 11:19

      He wanted to see a shaven head of a white girl

  • ignorance - 2011-02-03 10:23

    Hopefully the ex-training instructor will be absorbed into a unit where he/she will be able to utilise the humiliating technique as part of a new interrogation procees on thieves and robbers. Don't be harse on the instructor, as he/she only performs instruction taught by the superiors.

  • The_Truth - 2011-02-03 10:31

    Why? The female in question is a wimp, and imagine in the future what she will be like when faced with torrid situations. Run to her daddy again?

      Cas - 2011-02-03 10:47

      Shave your head and go stand in the sun for a day not wearing a hat or sunblock....

      roadvark - 2011-02-03 10:51

      A wimp...why? And you are obviously childless or were not loved by your parents to assume a parent wouldn't be protective in matters concerning their children.

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-03 10:51

      Are you stupid or just plain ignorant???

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-03 10:55

      If she was a wimp, she would not have joined SAPS. She is willing to put her own life in danger to save wimps like YOU. The treatment she received was inhumane, not even in the pre-1994 army would that have been allowed. I'm not talking about the "new" army, if war ever breaks out, heaven help us with that troop of pandoere. And THAT's the truth.

      gmck21 - 2011-02-03 10:59

      @THE TRUTH I guess your daughter has short hair, drinks castle from the can and chops firewood... She has also had a female "ROOMMATE" for the last 5 years... dont hold your breath for grandchildren hahahahahah SKER! SKER!

      Allin - 2011-02-03 11:08

      The Truth is - you are a MORON!

      birdman - 2011-02-03 11:08

      What gives you the right to judge her? Instructors with the Kamp Staaldraad mentality are dinosuars and should be rooted out and squashed! Women, if you don't know, are known as the weaker sex. They should not be subjected to military type training for men! Any man that subjects a woman to pain or distress is a total asshole and cannot call himself a man! I suppose you think it's okay to hit a woman to get your point across - you are no better!

      watalife - 2011-02-03 11:10

      @ Pieter Wolf No he has no brains. I smell a big rattus rattus here and it smells kak

      The_Truth - 2011-02-03 11:22

      To all you commentators. What did she expect when she joined the SAPS? After training she will probably be ones of those that will sit on her fat arse in a police station all her life.

      The_Truth - 2011-02-03 11:29

      The rest of her career in the SAPS will probably be spent sitting on her fat arse in some police station. She probably joined the force because she had nowhere else to go. Look at her age. Just like the majority of people in the police and defence forces

      Moi1980 - 2011-02-03 11:38

      @the truth - Well genius, I'm sure what she expected was to be put through a well thought out and pre-tested training programme that would adequately prepare her for her chosen career path. What exactly does shaving your hair and being made to work/train in the sun without any sun protection prepare you for??? Or is this one of your training programmes that you are trying to defend???

      alousav - 2011-02-03 12:47

      The_Truth. I think YOU have been in the sun too long. Your brain has shrunk! Idiot!

      K_za - 2011-02-03 13:25

      Doesn't look like she has a 'fat arse' to me.

      obliette - 2011-02-03 13:26

      Shaving your hair does not make u brave. Doing the exercises in the heat without head cover shows courage. @The_Thruth: u would prefer that she remain silent and end up in hospital, and that the instructor continue in this manner?

      Great White - 2011-02-03 14:28

      The Truth, you really are a brainless tit.

      Flee - 2011-02-03 16:35

      Cas... well thats kinda dof... and she was stupid for going and getting burned... What Kind-of-a-maka are she?? Surely you would put block on in that case?? and what happened to her eyebrows?? looks like it was a prank to me..

      BigPig69 - 2011-02-04 06:12

      Seeing that you are such an expert on this lady and the police, tell us what job do you do? I get the feeling you are one of the side line heroes. All brave while others have to do the actual work. Come lets shave your boyfriends hair and toast him in the sun for a few days then hear you squeal. Now stop picking your nose and get a life

      mike881 - 2011-02-05 11:21

      @ The_Truth. Are you brain dead or a wanna-be-rambo. This was not about anybody being a wimp, but plain and simple gross abuse by an over zealous instructor who probably has the same mental ability as you. For the sake of all intelligent life in the universe - may the two of you never breed!

      allie - 2011-02-05 12:05

      @Truth. Your MK buddies were probably trained by such an idiot trainer ,that`s why you fought like assholes in the border war.Luckily the cubans helped you.

      Zebedi - 2011-02-21 10:56

      In the pre-1994 army, we had our heads shaven every two weeks. We were also instructed that if we were EVER seen without a beret or bush hat on, we would be charged with damage to government property. This instructor should be charged for actively seeking to damage government property.

  • spinprint1 - 2011-02-03 10:35

    The white victim of the the police brutality says she was denied medical help. This so-called police spokesman Naaidooo says she was not. Going on public comments made by the head of police recently, I dont think we can believe anything they say.

  • Wendy - 2011-02-03 11:02

    Goes to show what suppression women in this country still suffer at the hands of men. Her human rights have been infringed, she has been humiliated and abused by a male who abused his powers. And what will his punishment be? He's being rewarded with a transfer to a safe haven where he will not be prosecuted. We will hear of his promotion in a few months' time...

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-03 11:15

      He abused a white woman. He will be the next station commander.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-03 11:10

    Hair today, gone tomorrow....I know cases where this shaving thing went horribly wrong & part of the cop's brain was removed...

      Warren - 2011-02-03 13:10

      Well that would explain it. Our police officers are so dof because all their brains have been shaved off

      Flee - 2011-02-03 16:37

      Part?? Ive seen it where the majority was lost... Shew so she was lucky then... LOL

      Zebedi - 2011-02-21 10:59

      So they were shaving the cops backsides then?

  • Johnny - 2011-02-03 11:53

    ". . . resident nurse at the college attended to her and then consulted a local doctor in Ulundi." Lets see what the bones say ...

  • J-Lab - 2011-02-03 13:01

    Mr D. You come accross stupid when you speak, so stop talking!

  • noag - 2011-02-03 14:46

    This is assault. Prima facie. A man assaulting a woman. A cowardly man, because he was in a position of authority. An unworthy person not worthy of the description man. The kind of person who should not be in police uniform. Charge him. Lock him up. And investigate his motives. Probably racist.

  • colinjscott - 2011-02-03 16:57

    This is not the first instance at this college of them shaving the woman's heads. Happened to someone I know about 4 years ago. This time it made the news. The Commander's brother was cutting the hair and the students where charged R20-00 for the hair cut. A good way to make money at the expense of people earning next to nothing whilst training. Corruption at it's best.

  • BigPig69 - 2011-02-04 06:15

    The Truth - Seeing that you are such an expert on this lady and the police, tell us what job do you do? You in the police? Oh wait you wont have the guts I get the feeling you are one of the side line heroes we find so much here. All brave while others have to do the actual work. Come lets shave your boyfriends hair and toast him in the sun for a few days then hear you squeal. Now stop picking your nose and get a life

  • IceMan - 2011-02-05 17:43

    sue their asses !!!

  • VikingRon - 2011-02-14 13:04

    Departmental investigation is under way, hahahahaha, does this one get filed with the thousands of other misconduct investigations, of is the minister finally going to geet off his arse and use an independant "internal Affairs Department", at least we will be a lot safer from these power hungry so called policemen.

  • danielgie - 2011-02-20 12:42

    he's probably being promoted ....

  • - 2011-02-20 12:53

    The "pig" responsible for the head-shaving should now first have criminal charges filed against him and then a civil suit for a few million. (include his commanding officer in both (either for being a joint principal or an accessory) Once they understand that THEY will also be held liable, discipline will improve. What that "pig" did deserves an extremely harsh punishment. It was unconstitutional, illegal and racist in the extreme. @thetruth(don't make me laugh), you probably have a "pig" of your own, just wondering who makes who squeal....

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