KZN police 'atrocities worrying'

2012-07-11 22:24

Johannesburg - The high degree of police violence in some KwaZulu-Natal cases reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) was worrying, the directorate said on Wednesday.

"Once the full extent of the alleged atrocities committed by the policemen come out, as South Africans we should do everything [to ensure] that such atrocities are never [again] committed in our name," executive director Francois Beukman said in notes prepared for delivery in Durban.

He was visiting the families of victims of police criminality.

In particular, IPID's investigation into alleged brutality by members of the Cato Manor organised crime unit was a priority, as it was the biggest matter IPID, or its predecessor the Independent Complaints Commission, had undertaken.

"It is no secret that more arrests and charges will be added to the current 71 that the accused are facing," Beukman said.

The 18 members of the unit, who have been accused of hit squad activities, face 71 charges which include 14 of murder, 14 of unlawful possession of ammunition, 14 of unlawful possession of firearms, and four of house-breaking.

They were arrested last month by a joint Hawks and IPID task team.

Beukman also commended investigators who arrested five of the six protection security services team members in the Cavendish SAPS who allegedly sexually assaulted a man with a broken broomstick.

A sixth suspect handed himself over to police on Friday.

"The criminal actions of the individuals implicated in the matters that I referred to erode the confidence of the public in the police," Beukman said.

"We will do whatever it takes to ensure that the police do their work in a manner that respects the laws of the country, and honours the memories of the many heroes who gave up their lives for a democratic South Africa and the principles contained in our Constitution."

  • tw2066 - 2012-07-11 22:38

    Sounds like this GANG called the SAPS is more scary than those gangs in the Cape. Mtwitwa doesnt want to send the army in because they are not thugs like his gang of thieves called SAPS. They have better equipment, you know, pisols, knuckle dusters, broomsticks, suffocation plastic bags etc...... The last time I dealt with the keystone cowboys I was told - "We only deal with rrrreeeel crime." A law breaker walked free that day, and I gave up on these SAPS pr!cks. Mind you, one commissioner and one general one after the other should tell us something about these clowns?

  • thisme.thule - 2012-07-12 00:52

    "IPID's investigation into alleged brutality by members of the Cato Manor organized crime unit was a priority" I don't believe these charges! These guys in the Cato Manor crime unit saved us from the violent criminals we have in SA. Pity they aren't still patrolling our streets.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-12 05:54

      They were violent and hostile,they killed people they could arrest.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-07-12 05:32

    lol, wake up ppl, this not isolated, the whole of South Africa is like that.. I have met these people and the force is filled with them.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-12 07:29

      agreed, i saw a trt driver stop the venture they were driving in, the trt driver got out and assaulted the driver of the car in front of him, pulled the bloke out his car, on the ground, knee in the back, bliksemed him in the head, got up and back in his venture and off they went back to honeydew police station, i do not support the police and i smile when i see a cop dead in the news, just saying

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-12 05:41

    This has nothing to do with policing. Zulu's are violent by nature. Look at the political killings, the ifp vs anc killings, the noord street taxi rank were people are harassed daily. The only thing zulus knows is ngizokushaya if you disagree with them. Not all of them but the majority especially the taxi drivers, hostel dwellers and queeu marshalls are the pits.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-12 06:12

      You see my point??? This Ntuthuko is a good example of what I'm talking about! Ready to beat you up if they don't agree with you!!!

      Vince.York - 2012-07-12 06:29

      WOW Ntuthuko M Simelane - firstly we didn't know that people can used forked barbed poisonous tongues to say such utter filth on the international web, and secondly it might be an idea to wash your mouth out with carbolic acid and at the same time pour it into your ears and wash that mind out too. ZULU's unfortunately do have the reputation for blind unreasoning violence, not different to the violence that has abruptly been introduced into SA politics since the zulu was anointed to his throne and bludgeoned democracy to nearly extinction.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-12 07:31

      fff you ntuthuko, sissy girl

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-07-12 07:57

      So tell me zimbobwe. How is it that the violent Cator Manor unit consists almost exclusively of Afrikaners and Indians? Do they also have pre-disposition to violence?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-07-12 07:59

      And no Zimbobwe. Ntuthuko only told you to shut up and go home, and in the process also added a few expletives. Never did he threaten you with violence.

  • luyandape - 2012-07-12 06:21

    This is now another publicity stunt and wrong move by Francois Beukman, someone who is supposed to be impartial in any investigation he or his team is doing. He is behaving like politician who wants to score points. These police in KZN have not be found guilty yet but is running around giving them bad names and he knows it clear that he and the media are influencing the outcome of these cases. Police are accused all over south africa, latest incident where Police shot and drove over the victim. Did he take media to the victim's home?

  • Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-12 06:31

    And the fact that there were all races in the Cato manor has made it not very easy for them to take a beating from this team here.

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

    There is a saying "talk is cheap, money buys the whiskey". Stop embracing corruption and criminality from the most senior officers to the junior constables. That is the only remedy for this situation!

  • Zahir - 2012-07-12 07:42

    Give the courts the chance to determine if this case has any merit suspects were killed but they were involved in crimes

  • evangelist.shieldbearer - 2012-07-12 09:09

    Fact: Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit officers are themselves state witnesses in serious corruption cases currently open against senior SAPS and Government officials. Fact: Cato Manor Organised Crime Unit officers ONLY investigate serious, high profile and violent crimes. This means they arrest serious, high profile, violent criminals. Fact: Of 800+ ARRESTS in the past two years, less than 50 resulted in suspects (AND officers) being killed. Fact: SAPS is rotten to the core with corruption - task teams like the Scorpions (disbanded), Hawks - KZN SVCU (disbanded), Blue-light Task Team (Disbanded) - have all shown massive successes in uncovering these rotten elements and bringing them to book. Every time they get to close to the core, suddenly they are surrounded by controversy and disbanded 'in the public interest'. It seems every time we start weeding out the worms in the apple, the worms bite back. I'm all for weeding out corruption in SAPS and making those cops that cross the criminal and corruption line pay...but I'm also for having an educated opinion and being able to tell the good guys from the bad. Don't paint them all with the same brush - the one's that live the true spirit of policing need our support.

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