2008-03-26 : Letter : Crime and police both out of control

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2008-03-26 : Letter : Crime and police both out of control

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-05-16 09:50

http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article. ... 61039,1,22


Published: 3/26/2008 09:48:20


Crime and the police are both out of control


Will Charles Nqakula please stand up and accept responsibility for his utter
incompetence, writes P MOSS, of Pietermaritzburg


Not only is crime out of control but the police are almost daily involved in
claims of brutality, unwarranted assaults and dubious illegal raids, wherein
they act like hooligans rather than officers of the law.


Far too many victims of such aberrant police behaviour are now seeking
relief via the courts.


I would have thought the incompetent moron on TV on Sunday night who
doggedly (and in the face of direct evidence to the contrary) insisted that
his officers were within their rights to act as they did, should have been
summarily sacked come Monday morning.


The police union should be screaming from the rooftops about their members
being forced into a confrontational role with the public. The SAPS must
recognise that any further antipathy towards them has its genesis here!


Perhaps it would be better for the public in future to hold any police
officers at gunpoint until they have properly identified themselves in a
respectful manner, and shown due cause by the production of a warrant. Who
knows how many police uniforms and guns have been sold or are for hire?


The management's encouragement of brutality instead of investigation, and
assault instead of peacekeeping, can point only to ministerial policy.


Will Charles Nqakula please stand up and accept responsibility for his
incompetence, and ignorance of any worthy crime-fighting interventions?
What have YOU done for YOUR rights today?
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Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-05-16 09:57

http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article. ... 61285,1,22


Published: 3/28/2008 09:39:33


SAPS's mission is to provide quality police service


Let us not rob ourselves of the freedom which we have so recently won,
writes HANGWANI MULAUDZI, deputy director communication and media liaison in
the Ministry for Safety and Security


The letter by Peter Moss (March 26) refers. You will no doubt agree that the
first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so that the lives
and property of its citizens are fully protected.


There appears to be an across-the-board consensus that the police are
largely corrupt, often brutal and incompetent. Consequently, justice is
elusive, insecurity is rampant and ordinary people are the worst victims of
this system.


But looking at the issue in perspective and in comparative terms, the police
are taking responsibility for freeing our communities from crime and
violence. Let us not rob ourselves of the freedom which we have so recently
won by allowing these evils to continue.


Obviously the police get the most blame though, because they are visible to
everyone, and are expected to do everything ranging from crisis management
to resolving political and legal disputes, while facing the wrath of people
in response to the rubbish committed by criminals.


Keeping what Moss said in mind, we can safely say that we have never
received reports of any of our police officers refusing to act on any
unlawful behaviour while engaged in their call of duty serving the people.


I should remind Moss and many other people that the South African Police
Services's mission is to provide quality police services to all its
citizens.
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