Top cops condemn police brutality

2012-03-16 20:02

Johannesburg - SA Police Service senior management is appalled by video clips broadcast this week showing incidents of police brutality, the acting national police commissioner said on Friday.

"Such behaviour by police officers does not only bring the SAPS into disrepute, it also has the potential to negate the professional conduct and hard work done by the rest of our members," Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said in a statement.

He was responding to images of police beating people aired on television and circulating on the internet.

One such clip showed a police officer hitting and kicking Norman Mokau, 18, in Vaalwater, Limpopo. The alleged assault happened in November last year.

"We want to insistently state that our police officers are constantly reminded of the essence of respecting the rights of every individual, and that the fundamental purpose of policing is to ensure that all people in South Africa are and feel safe," Mkhwanazi said.

He warned that any officer who failed to abide by this would not be tolerated in the police force.

"Such officers must face the full brunt of the law and their incarceration must be a reminder to other police officers of the consequences of abusing their powers."

  • theO rAcLe - 2012-03-16 21:27

    LOCK this B@stard up...Not just suspend him..WTF...As soon as they get the uniform they think its their right to do what they want. Stuff This...Enough Now.

  • luytster - 2012-03-16 21:44

    Bet you he was wishing the new secrets act was out. Then he would have the hawks hunting down the person who filmed and disseminated this propaganda.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-16 21:58

    Does anyone have the link to the video ?

      theO rAcLe - 2012-03-16 22:49

      SA - 2012-04-18 22:47

      Hi - just type south african police brutality in youtude, you will find loads and loads of incidents and violation of our citizens human rights. power to the people

  • robbieyahu - 2012-03-16 22:39

    and btw ...i was right ...the poor youngster who was kicked in the face and numerous times by that cop was only being drunk ...i had some wise-ass south africans ranting their heads off because i defended the poor man ...stating that he deserved it because he could be a murderer or rapist or thief ..... some even said after i pointed out to them that he was drunk ...that being drunk makes him a cr...iminal !!! sisss and shame on you ...but i'm sur you the evil ones talking this hideous behavior of a cop good ...are no longer interrested ...they all just want death ...kill. burn ..lynch everybody ...PATHETIC ....NOW A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ACTING COMMISSIONER MKHWANANZI ...THANX FOR GIVING HOPE WITH THOSE WORDS OF YOURS

  • John - 2012-03-17 13:40

    In 2006 I was seriously assaulted and arrested by 7 Black cops. My crime? I was a White attorney who challenged them for arresting and searching my client without warrant. I was told there were no White policemen around and we would be raped in the cells (it thankfully didn't happen). 5 years later in a civil case a judge awarded me damages of R110 000 and found the police misconduct rascist and unlawful. The legal costs to the State (ie us the taxpers) was a further R640 000!!!) 6 years later the were found guilty of assault and fined R1 000 (the docket was stolen 3 times; luckily I had made copies). Those policemen were promoted in the meantime and are still serving. Not one of them personally paid a cent, except the fines. These "top" cops are not serious about expelling the bad cops. Problem is the "top" cops aren't cops... they are ex ANC military with no idea how to police. They got rid of all the experienced White police detectives and commissioners and now we have a bunch of pallokas who can't drive, shoot, take a logical statement, are often half illeterate, usually fat and arrogant. And how often are police vehicles parked at shopping malls!! Fire the Minister of Police. Give us Piet Byleveld for commissioner!

      reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-19 11:21

      You have just confirmed what I have been saying for years. The fact is there is no recourse for SA citizens that happens to get stopped by the wrong members of the police. The ICD is a toothless joke. The police force is immune from real prosecution when it comes to overstepping their bounds/abusing their powers. Even if they did not abuse their powers - you cannot enforce the law when you do not know the law yourself and you cannot even read it verbatim if it was in your hand. Incompetence is the order of the day.

      sabongam - 2012-03-28 12:16

      You're a lawyer and you spew this sort if drivel.Basing everything on colour? I don't expect this from somebody who has set foot on a varsity campus and went on to qualify in a field of law...Thank God you are not a judge. Would your judgements be based on race or merits? My point is, bad cops are bad cops period.It doesn't matter what the colour of their skin is? As much as I genuinely empathise with you and condemn the cops' action I think you have serious racist tendencies John.

  • SA - 2012-04-18 22:44

    Excellent news – I completely agree that the Police are extremely inefficient. Our police service should be serving and protecting our citizens against all crime. Reducing minor crime ultimately reduces major crime. All departments link to the police should have a zero tolerance toward any violent crime. The police on our streets are really out of control, you just have to view the South African police videos on YouTube – they disgust me. I am no racist and did not really agree on how the old police force use to act, but I must say the police brutality in recent times are as bad if not worse – the police service are letting all our citizens down.

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