Police suicide rates down, minister says

2013-04-16 20:14

Johannesburg - Police suicide rates are down, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

He said more policemen were asking for help in dealing with the problems they faced, both at work and at home.

The minister said in a parliamentary reply the police were continuously exposed to traumatic and stressful events.

"In many instances such members are not emotionally and psychologically equipped to handle those stressful situations..."

This frequently had catastrophic effects on their mental health.

Mthethwa said the general welfare and the psychological state of police officers indicated a police service that was fit, except for few individual cases.

He was asked whether recent instances of police brutality could be linked to the general and psychological welfare of the police.

The minister said there was a need to have a concerted focus on the police's psychological state.

"However, the violent nature of crime in South Africa and advanced criminal activities and more research needs to be done in addressing police psychological needs in this regard."

Police officials had access to a 24-hour call centre for one-on-one telephone counselling and trauma debriefing.

"Groups are dealt with through group trauma debriefing, team building interventions and organisational diagnosis processes," Mthethwa said.

"But it is my view that we need to look at how we can enhance this programme."

  • Pumelele - 2013-04-16 21:00

    they replaced it with police brutality!! damn! the men in blue are having serious mental problem!!!!

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-04-17 06:20

      Ja Pumelele, ever since the suicide rate went down how many people these murderers have killed.Its hurtful but its the truth. Its better they commit suicide than killing everyone else,it saves the country criminals in uniform

  • Rudi Hooligan Basson - 2013-04-16 21:36

    Yes! They are far too busy stealing, raping at gunpoint and taking bribes. S.A would be safer without SOME of them.

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-04-16 22:02

    Good news minister

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-16 22:45

    Pity the suicide rate for politicians hasn't climbed.....

  • jungleboy - 2013-04-16 22:54

    Every year, for the past 18 years, the rates have been declining. If you do the exponential calculations it year we should have police men being raised from the dead.

      Democrazy - 2013-04-16 22:58


  • Bongani Bongs - 2013-04-17 03:45

    South African ppl r negative towards police I wish some of the freaks who r quick to comment to wear police uniform n c how does it feels being underpaid n being expected to b superman to negative community.

  • Buntu Ngoma - 2013-04-17 07:32

    I gree with you minister because they protect themselves now but kill the people they supposed to protect and i believe that most of the people are now police officers because they did not get the jobs they wanted or they did not get a chance to study for what they wanted to be. So i think the psychological disorders could be the reasons

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-04-17 12:13

    I'm concerned about the entire cycle. It seems if they aren't suicidal, they're homicidal and lets not forget full of rage, vengeance and anger. Can't funds be allocated to look into appointing organisational psychologists or something. People declared mentally unfit, depressed etc. should not be serving any of our communities.

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