'You can run' cop car sticker probed

2013-02-04 10:00

Johannesburg - An investigation into a bumper sticker reading "You can run but you will die tired" on a police vehicle has been launched, The Star reported on Monday.

North West police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane was shocked to hear that the sticker, which has an image of a rifle, was displayed on the back of an unmarked police car.

"We will investigate, establish who drives the vehicle and steps will have to be taken."

According to the report, the vehicle was parked not far from the scene where 34 striking miners were killed during a confrontation with police at Marikana, North West, on 16 August last year.

Ngubane said personalisation of police cars was prohibited, unless special permission had been granted, as this could potentially detract from the SA Police Service brand.

SA Institute for Security Studies researcher Johan Burger said the sticker was unprofessional, and came at a time when the police were arguing before the Farlam commission of inquiry that they acted appropriately at Marikana.

"Clearly someone must be acted against in terms of the police service's disciplinary code," he said.

"The message says something about the occupant of the vehicle."

  • Matthew - 2013-02-04 10:12

    "Clearly someone must be acted against in terms of the police service's disciplinary code," he said. Oh,so there actually IS a disciplinary code SAPS is supposed to follow. Wow,you could've fooled me.Could've fooled the whole country for that matter. Now that we know it excist's,are you actually going to make sure its upheld? doubt it. just another day in RSA

      carl.debeer.52 - 2013-02-04 11:06

      Just more hot air...a sticker bothers them but crime prevention doesnt!

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-04 11:36

      I wonder where I can get one of these bumper stickers?

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-04 11:52

      "Ngubane said personalisation of police cars was prohibited, unless special permission had been granted", So what you'r saying is that 90% of the cops have permission to do crime

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-02-04 13:07

      Lets guess what the outcome will be. If the guilty one is black, he will be warned and get a raise for being proactive. If he is white he will be fired without pay!

  • suprise.figureitout - 2013-02-04 10:17

    its not a big deal, its a slogan, how small minded can we be, Really?

  • sean.crookson - 2013-02-04 10:19

    There is a code, but in reality nobody answers the letters you write asking the SAPS to investigate.

  • Justin - 2013-02-04 10:19

    Why don't you probe so many overweight disinterested cops

  • hilton.rudman - 2013-02-04 10:19

    Man who runs in front of car gets tired. Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.

      karl.vanrooyen - 2013-02-04 11:08

      ...gets tyred

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-02-04 13:03

      Good one!

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-04 10:41

    gooooooood god rather probe into the innocent people jailed because of cannabis prohibition.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-04 13:30

      Another pothead. Try a different forum or thread .

      marcus.vermaak - 2013-02-04 15:16

      Another cow, try a different cyanide pill.

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-02-04 18:10

      Sheesh is News24 now also going to become a platform for potheads?

  • neville.watson.31 - 2013-02-04 10:54

    That's pretty cool.

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-02-04 11:13

    But...what's in a name? It's just a sticker.If it offends anyone, it has to be removed end of story.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-02-04 11:32

      Exactly my point. No kind of a sticker could kill anyone, only hands could.

  • nick.nortje.12 - 2013-02-04 11:17

    "unless special permission had been granted, as this could potentially detract from the SA Police Service brand." - You right there!! Corruption and general laziness is the motto right??

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-04 13:31

      They have a brand worth protecting? Could have fooled me.

  • calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-04 11:45

    Oh really Mr Johan Burger? Do you care? Isn't it true what the sticker say? Because you guys kill any wild dog,in Marikana you shot 34 down!!! Carry on your boss Zuma is as happy as you are. We look in dismay with Zille and the rest of the world

      chris.stuart.332 - 2013-02-04 15:19

      Calvin, "boss Zuma", yes, sure, he is sitting in a R250 million house which you are?... Zuma and the ANC feels nothing for you or me..

  • mike.lindsay.7927 - 2013-02-04 12:17

    Ngubane said " this could potentially detract from the SA Police Service brand." Sir, your 'brand' represents one of a generally unfit, disinterested, under-performing, lazy, ill-disciplined and probably seriously corrupt non-force against crime. If this was a commercial enterprise it wouldn't last a moment. The police in SA are considered a joke by the criminals. It's very unfortunate that the few good cops get grouped into the bunch described above. I may be wrong here, but the purpose of a corporate brand is usually intended to elicit a positive response from your target market. Does the SAPS (or for example the Durban, Johannesburg and other Metro Police Services) achieve this ? Most definitely not. Every day we read news reports and experience what's wrong with this 'force'. To those members of the SAPS who are trying to do a good job (under very challenging circumstances) and because of this are getting results, I salute you and thank you.

  • - 2013-02-04 12:20

    Possibly the clearest language thugs understand. If we can say 'you can't escape the long arm of the law', why can't we warn thugs 'they will die tired?'

  • slenda.slenda.5 - 2013-02-04 12:25

    Now they going to probe because this car was seen in Marikana where 34 gold digger were shot dead, luckly im nt a cop because if i was 1 dat number would be tripled, those miners though they invisible and would kill da cops as much as dey please mmmmh.

  • shanengcobo - 2013-02-04 13:29

    Pity it only stories that drag the force's name in the mud that are published. Under-handedd and dodgy reporting at its best. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2013-02-04 15:15

    Im lost, "unmarked police car", so how do you know it's a police car then?

      iNJBL - 2013-02-04 21:33

      Maybe the two at cops inside..maybe I'm guessing.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2013-02-04 22:32

    "You can run but you will die tired" These words might not be fitting to be displayed on a police vehicle but it should be read in context. There are far bigger problems in the police that should be probed. To "probe" this is a waste of time.

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