McBride: People have lost faith in police

2016-06-10 20:24
Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Former Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride said people have lost respect for the police to such an extent that police offices are now being robbed. He also said apartheid era policemen, referring to Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza, were being defended by political leaders.

Speaking as the advertised "mystery speaker" on a panel at Daily Maverick's The Gathering in Midrand on Friday, McBride said, "If you're a motorist and driving along the road, you get stopped willy nilly [for no offence] and it is expected that you must pay cooldrink money,” he said.

He said if your house is burgled, it was expected that you must pay the detective who investigates the burglary.

"That is the extent to which society's values and trust in the police have diminished," he said.

Although the National Development Plan talked about people feeling safe, that wasn't the case. "People are starting to disrespect the police," he said. "People even recently robbed a police station. That is the contempt with which they hold the police."

McBride also attacked Ntlemeza, and joined in the SA Communist Party's assertion that he was "targeting" communists and former ANC military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe's former fighters, just like the apartheid-era police that investigated crimes against the state.

'Politically driven'

McBride also said there was a general attack on the institutions of democracy, such as the Independent Police Investigations Directorate and the SA Revenue Services, in the country. "You have a successful state. The fact that there are attacks against institutions… shows that there is clearly an orchestrated campaign to dismantle and render useless independent state institutions and institutions of accountability."

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi added that "there has to be an agenda" for appointing someone like Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks, and Riah Phiyegah as police commissioner.

"You pick Bantustan era apartheid operatives to head your institutions, 22 years into the democracy… you take a social worker and affirm her as the head of your police and you get shocked when there is a Marikana," he said.

"When you take a Nomgcobo Jiba and affirm her as head of court [Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions], and protect her through [National Director of Public Prosecutions] Shaun Abrahams, you have a problem.

"That isn't happening on its own, but it's driven politically."

Vavi said that President Jacob Zuma was in court again on Friday in the spy tapes case "to avoid facing charges of corruption and money laundering" explained this apparent tampering with law enforcement authorities.

"That is where the problem is and I know I'm partly to blame for that," he said.

Read more on:    sacp  |  robert mcbride  |  berning ntlemeza  |  jacob zuma  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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