Cops: We can’t cope

Protests are becoming more frequent and more violent – but the police have admitted that they do not have enough manpower to cope. With local-government elections approaching, a leading criminologist says the outlook is ominous. Public order policing has been under the microscope since the killing of 34 miners at Marikana in 2012.

East Rand cops arrested for hijacking, theft of alcohol worth R2 million

Two policemen were arrested in Elsburg, Germiston, on Wednesday for hijacking a truck and stealing alcoholic beverages worth R2 million, the Hawks said. Captain Paul Ramaloko said a warrant officer and a constable stopped a truck on the N3 highway on November 1. The driver and his crew where detained at a police station while the policemen drove the truck to an undisclosed place and offloaded the liquor.

R800 bribe gets you out of fine

A 70-year-old man from Rivonia was forced to pay an R800 bribe on Allandale Road on 11 October. His daughter, Gabrielle Cowling, spoke on behalf of him, as he wished to remain anonymous. Cowling said, “My father was stopped at a roadblock at Allandale offramp towards midday by police and Metro police officers. A Metro police officer, who was not wearing his badge and name, asked to see my father’s driver’s licence. My father realised he had forgotten his licence at home. He called my mother who got into herRead More

Five cops accused of raping women, girls

Five police officers – three from the Western Cape and two from Gauteng – are accused of raping women they were tasked with protecting. All five have appeared in court. Two of the Cape officers appeared before a Worcester magistrate yesterday.

1 000 Gauteng cops arrested

More than 1000 Gauteng police officers have been arrested and nearly 500 have been fired since September 2010, provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros said on Thursday. ┬áHe said 1027 officers had been arrested, and 463 dismissed. Of the officers dismissed, 121 were fired for corruption. “There are more than 42 000 police officials in SAPS (SA Police Service) Gauteng and most of them are serving the Gauteng community with pride and upholding the constitutional principles,” Petros said in a statement.

‘Big Brother’ to watch cops

”Big Brother” tactics might soon be deployed to stop the scourge of police brutality following high-level discussions in the ANC. In a month in which South Africa’s human rights image has been rubbished internationally, the country has been plagued by allegations of police brutality, torture and murder. The discussions – taking place in the ANC’s peace and security committee – centre on placing surveillance cameras in all police cars to ensure that arrests, and the treatment of suspects, are beyond reproach.

Cops behaving badly: readers speak out

A snap survey of M&G readers shows that citizens are more likely to be fearful and suspicious of police officers than to regard them with trust. A snap survey of M&G readers shows that citizens are more likely to be fearful and suspicious of police officers than to regard them with trust. While news of the death of Emido Macia, a taxi driver who was dragged behind a police vehicle and, according to forensic reports, brutally beaten, made headlines around the world, President Jacob Zuma last week told Parliament thatRead More

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