2015-08-07 08:48

A question one has to ask themselves a number of times upon being pulled over or flashed by a South African Police Vehicle. Working in the Legal Environment, I am often privy to public figures and persons of authority abusing their positions of power, be it for self-gain or revenge. This has unfortunately become a norm.

Recently, Carte Blanche aired an exposé of members of the SAPS stationed at Edenvale Police Station (to name but one) unlawfully arresting, assaulting and detaining members of the public. (Yes, without a just cause).

Here’s the link for those of you that missed it; http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/897294.

Other related horror stories have also made headlines, such as that of the tragic demise of taxi driver Mido Macia (May he R.I.P).

What should one do if one is a victim of such type of Police Brutality? Fortunately, the law offers some form of protection for the average person in these circumstances.

Firstly, an individual may record the events of the alleged police brutality at the time of the incident per voice or video recording, provided that this does not interfere with the Officer’s duties. Essentially, this means that if you suspect a case of police brutality or that the conduct of a police officer is unlawful at the time you or the person you are with, are stopped or arrested, you can record the incident but make sure you do not provoke or interfere with the Officer in question. This footage will then be admissible as evidence in a case against the Officer.

Secondly, report the incident to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (“IPID”) who is the body tasked with conducting independent and impartial investigations of identified criminal offences allegedly committed by members of the South African Police Services (“SAPS”) and the Municipal Police Services (“MPS”). Thirdly, and if one feels aggrieved and wants justice, institute action against the Minister of Police who is the Individual responsible for the conduct of the members of the Department of Police as well as the relevant Police Officer/s in question. Obviously, one should not engage in malicious prosecution nor abuse court procedure in this regard.

It is a sad reality that the very individuals tasked with protecting us, are the same individuals we need protection from. What’s even more upsetting is that citizens are becoming increasingly afraid of members of the SAPS, JMPD, EMPD etc… and this fear and lack of faith in the South African Police Force will eventually lead to individuals either taking the law into their own hands or having a blatant disregard for law. Warranted, as this is as a result of certain (not all) Police Officers conduct or misconduct rather.

We should not allow these Rogue Cops to get away unscathed and unpunished, and take an active stand to ensure that they are prosecuted immediately!

Let’s Unite to Pursue the Ends Of Justice!!

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