Cops take statements by cellphone light

2011-12-21 14:44

Johannesburg - Power cuts in Kuruman in the Northern Cape have reduced police to using the lights on their cellphones to fill out statements from complainants, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

As a result of electricity blackouts, apparently over the last three years, police have even resorted to buying and using candles, the Daily Sun reported.

When the newspaper visited the station in Batlharos, it found two officers taking down a statement from a complainant.

One was writing while the other was using his cellphone to shine light on the form.

The police's Ntombi Manie told the newspaper that they were aware of the problem and were in the process of getting a generator.

  • Elsie - 2011-12-21 15:44

    three years, no generator..... roadblock generator and lights can also work......

  • Bernard - 2011-12-21 16:40

    This must have something to do with Orphans and Old Age Homes now no power - hey it's easy blame it all on Christianity and Apardheid - Viva RSA what a country of corruption, theft and crime Viva

  • Alva - 2011-12-21 17:11

    Kuruman must be darkest place in Africa! Got to hand it to SAPS for using cell phone light!

  • Wendy - 2011-12-21 17:34

    An utter disgrace... How do you do your job without the proper equipment and amenitites...

  • Deepchund - 2011-12-21 19:52

    Hats off to the policemen working under such conditions. "They are in the process of getting a generator",if nobody swindles the funds allocated for the purchase of a generator.

  • Thabo - 2011-12-21 22:21

    Heads must roll at Batlharos SAPS!

  • Gwen - 2011-12-22 08:39

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

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