Durban metro police to surrender guns

2012-10-28 22:23

Johannesburg - Durban metro police will hand over their side-arms on Monday in an attempt to have their boss fired, it was reported on Sunday.

The metro police were embroiled in a protracted dispute with the municipality over its refusal to dismiss their head Eugene Nzama, the Sunday Tribune reported.

About  1 000 metro police were expected to surrender their service pistols outside their headquarters.

According to the newpaper, Institute for Security Studies senior researcher Johan Burger said: "They face the prospect of being easy targets for criminals if their threats to surrender the guns and work without them [come to pass]."

Durban metro police deputy head Steve Middleton told the newspaper he was baffled by the decision.

"Why would they want to do this?" he asked.

Nzama was reportedly placed on three months special leave in June because of concerns about his safety and the instability in the department under his leadership.

He was reinstated after he challenged the move in the Durban Labour Court.

  • Oraniaboer - 2012-10-28 22:47

    Another corrupt Bastard for the metro cops. If the metro cops want to get rid of theire own boss then you must know there are huge problems with the head boss.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 02:20


      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-10-29 07:18

      just a thought that maybe he is trying to get rid of the corruption and the cops don't like it... don't know the full story so just saying :)

  • sagin.verity - 2012-10-28 22:49

    what a country. does anything still function properly?

      damien.bako - 2012-10-29 05:11

      Yes lots of things like crime, corruption, strikes, etc. you really should have a more positive attitude.

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-29 06:28

      I am positive that very few things work correctly/honestly/as it should.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-29 07:12

      Strange, but there is one, and only one department functioning without problems. That is the department of Revenue (The Receiver)!

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-10-28 23:12

    eish madoda kwenzenjani booooooo

  • vusumuzi.zidane - 2012-10-29 02:31

    What's wrong with this country?That's good news for thugs if is not Ramaphosa ordering them to kill the Marikanes they surrender their guns, no no no crazy country.

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-29 04:44

    No, no Cowboys, if you are sincerely aggrieved surrender both your badges and guns. Because with badges you may still have a licence to demand bribes from motorists.

      gezaniphanuel.shibambu - 2012-10-29 05:12

      there wil b chaos,real chaos ohh my god.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-29 05:53

    My faulty toilet at home functions better than this government. It's a joke and no ones laughing any more

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-29 06:13

    The spelling/grammar being used by some of these commentators is of a very low standard and is a reflection of their poor intelect!

      thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-29 06:48

      You are right and when its spiced with this slang thing it becomes even more attrocious and the comment loses its intended meaning.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-29 10:01

      nhlaka, with all due respect my friend, we can identify with those whose first language is not English. However, whn u tlk luk u on Mxit it dsnt matr whut ur frst lang is...

      Andrea - 2012-10-29 13:05

      Oh agreed! Sometimes I have to read posts twice and then I still do not understand! Well said PointBlank.

      malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-05 18:05

      Pity you spelled "intellect" incorrectly...

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-10-29 06:22

    Just another day in paradise with the prawns

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-10-29 06:49

    Hey guys Durban has a Shooting Derby, hit six ducks and get the pink Elephants

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-29 10:02

      Pffft, the pink elephant turned out to be a smelly rat.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-29 07:07

    Just another political stooge with no leadership qualities, appointed to get on the gravy train. How bad must he be to be first put on "special" leave, and then for his subordinates to rather face criminals unarmed, than to have him as boss. When are the authoriteis going to learn that a rank does not make you a leader?

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-29 07:15

    When will the powers to be learn that any police chief must be squeakier clean than squeaky clean!

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-10-29 07:34

    Thugs Christmas

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-10-29 07:36

    Christmas special for thugs :)

  • demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-29 07:42

    SA has got good weather - thats a positive

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-29 08:01

    Gimme a thug christmas,rather then a racist redneck in uniform christmas anyday! Rossy for the spelnnig erliar

  • gabaitsis - 2012-10-29 08:03

    Is a norm to have corrupt official in every sphere of government,Country we live in!!

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-10-29 09:34

    In the words of our beloved Archbishop Tutu my colleagues have once again made me bow my head trying to hide from the embarrassment they've caused to my profession!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-10-29 09:58

    I understand now why strikes are so violent. These people in charge are so arrogant they don't think the people below them are important or that their concerns are valid.. At what point are the top brass going to listen to their staff?

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-29 12:25

    Good because they will know how it feels like to be intimidated with a gun and be shot at while unarmed.

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-10-29 16:24

    They are not real police,they donot have the discipline like saps

      malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-05 18:08

      I don't believe that either the metro police or the SAP have discipline. That went out the window many years ago.

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