Tshwane cops a no-show for apology

2011-02-08 15:34

Pretoria - Pretoria News chief photographer Masi Losi will meet the newspaper's lawyers after two policemen who assaulted him failed to arrive as scheduled on Tuesday to apologise.

Losi told Sapa the meeting, which had been scheduled for noon, did not take place.

"The station commander from the Pretoria central police station [Colonel KJ Phukubye] did arrive at the Pretoria News offices, but those guys were not here and nowhere to be seen. He [Phukubye] also could not understand why, because they said [they] were going to come."

Losi said he had been willing to consider their apology, as he didn't want them to lose their jobs because of him.

"But now that they didn't show up, means they are basically showing me the middle finger. I will now take this matter forward."

Losi had not consulted a lawyer after he was assaulted on Friday. At the time he was photographing two Pretoria central police station officers rescuing a suspected thief from a crowd of people threatening to lynch him outside the newspaper's offices in Vermeulen Street.

'Growing problem'

Losi laid a criminal charge against the pair on Friday night, and an internal inquiry into their actions was reportedly underway.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Neville Malila, the policemen had neither been arrested nor suspended.

On the same day, Volksblad photographer Theo Jephta was also allegedly attacked and driven off by two police officers while photographing a group of pupils fighting in Bloemfontein.

At the time the officers were allegedly sitting in their vehicle watching the brawl. Jephta was released only after senior police officers in the Free State were contacted.

Both cases are to be investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and journalists' association ProJourn condemned the assaults and demanded they be "dealt with by the highest authority".

Sanef said it wanted the police officers responsible charged and punished.

The DA said it would ask for a full investigation into police treatment of journalists, adding there was evidence of a "growing problem".

  • Ritmas Xitsavi - 2011-02-08 15:41

    1005 support they also need to check the sunnyside saga as it has been put on hold,Kekana andMahlangu ill treat Good civiliant and we need answers on that am tired of paying my tax just for a civil servant to exercise his power wrongly on my body, all police trainee need to go back to school to lean (ubuntu) and must be accountable for wrongfull arrrst and people are spending 03 days in cell just for smelling liquor

      Made_In_SA - 2011-02-08 16:08

      Dude you lucky you weren't caught smelling crack! I am gathering you got your asylum papers sorted out in good time? I am also thinking a few other people need to go back to school and ask for a refund...

  • semaj - 2011-02-08 15:42

    Eish, this is rather like the talk shows on radio. Phone a politician or some other self-important individual for an explanation why he/she did whatever and either the phone on the other side is not answered or we hear "I can't hear you, some again" and the line goes dead

  • Banki-Moon - 2011-02-08 15:50

    as he didn't want them to lose their jobs because of him.@ Losi! For your information there is no way a policeman can lose their jobs bcoz of that stupid case u have opened. Minimum force (assault) is among their mandate. Mark my words.

      GT - 2011-02-08 15:54

      errr - not without just cause it isn't.

      robertgunning - 2011-02-08 15:57

      For no reason? I'm adding you to my moron list.

      gmck21 - 2011-02-08 16:03

      one too many "BANKI's"

      Sage - 2011-02-08 18:26

      I'll take your ill-considered opinion under advisement. The police may be labouring under the delusion that it is part of their mandate as you say, and is probably the reason they go over budget on legal fees because the citizenry is rightly sueing the police left, right and centre.

  • kingoftomorr - 2011-02-08 15:53

    I really hope those cocky evil pigs get what they deserve!

  • - 2011-02-08 15:53

    NO ACCOUNTABILITY. The Station Commissioner should have suspended those pigs (of the human kind not because they are in the police) immediately. They should be charged and sent to jail where "papa wag vir hulle" SAPS and METRO have completely lost the plot and are a law unto themselves. Even a Cape High Court order was virtually ignored by them - Cele should suspend and fire those guilty parties, with loss of pension, which will set an example.

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-08 16:01

    They probably couldn't make it because they were to busy causing crime.....err I mean fighting journali.....ah shit sorry, I mean fighting crime.

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-08 16:08

      And you forgot the main thing.....BRIBES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Grant - 2011-02-08 16:11

      Ha ha ha!

  • Mike - 2011-02-08 16:18

    Why not move the cops to a different station. Did they not do this to cops that stopped Winnie? Wait a minute. Losi,you obviously not a member of the ANC then huh. If you were, they would have been stationed elsewhere, and you would be granted access to heaven :)

      Assegaai - 2011-02-08 16:32

      Suspended without pay

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-08 16:22

    The Metro plods are acting like their cousins in Zimbuggered.

  • Other Justin - 2011-02-08 16:22

    Where is Petros now? When a white policeman shouts at Winnie, he is falling over his own feet to apologise, but when some of his policeman are actually beating photographers, there is deafening silence. Typical. Welcome to the African Nation Circus ladies and gentlemen.

  • PikeLee - 2011-02-08 16:24

    it would be a different story if the cop was white. Just saying...

  • AND SO ON... - 2011-02-08 16:25

    The reason for the no show is quite simply: "Why should we apologise to some irritating member of the public (especially a journalist)? We are the PO-leece. How dare anyone question our interpretation of the law as we choose to apply it?" There you go. The answer is pure, arrogant lack of respect for the public or the law. Simple as that.

  • Greegs - 2011-02-08 16:37

    They above the law and can do what they like? They get paid to protect you!!! Hahaha....what a joke?

  • mullervince - 2011-02-08 17:41

    Have you seen national police day??? What do you call those who attended??? Surely they cannot be regarded as police.. More idiots I'd say.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-08 18:20

    These policeman are a disgrace to the force which purportedly is there to uphold the peace and care for the citizens but their total lack of responsibility is merely a reflection of the leadership of not only the SAPS but the so called government as well.

  • Valis - 2011-02-08 18:34

    See, this is why we need a Media Tribunal! We can't have journalists reporting the news now, can we? (Said with tongue firmly in cheek)

  • mpanzame - 2011-02-08 19:06

    Just as well - they probably would have had a field day clouting more journos... Hey Cele - your monkeys?

  • croix - 2011-02-08 19:11

    Just remember not to blame ALL cops - there are some still doing their best to uphold the law. This new element in the SAPF is a direct result of Cele's poor leadership strategies- like giving someone with sub-zero level of IQ and little or no social skills, carte blanche with gun in hand. Thank you to the police officers that still have a conscience and a sense of duty.

      Big Mouth - 2011-02-09 06:50

      Yes Thanks to you guys. Our area is safe, because of diligent police work. Well done to our local cops.

  • Errol - 2011-02-08 20:10

    South Africans have become arrogant, rude and without any manners. Why is it that from the top no one is prepared to admit wrong doing and ask for forgiveness?

  • mynah - 2011-02-09 08:27

    If you're in Tshwane and get into trouble, you should perhaps pray that the police DON'T turn up. Recently a friend of mine and her fiance were manhandled and she was bundled into a van of the Sunnyside police. Their crime was sharing a beer while watching the sunset at an isolated spot. She was threatened with rape and told she would languish in jail for days before getting bail. Eventually the fiance realised they were looking for a bribe. They took the cash they had and made them sign a declaration that nothing was handed over before they were released.

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