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    By SAPA, 2011/03/03
    Cops Suspended After Melville Assault

    Four Johannesburg police officers were suspended on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting patrons at the Catz Pyjamas restaurant in Melville.
    That ended up badly and unnecessary force against innocent people may have been used, but you shouldn't really throw bottles at the police either, that was just stupid and dangerous (if it happened).

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    Policeman ’commits suicide’ after gunfight
    Barry Bateman | Yesterday


    [FONT=Arial]Eyewitness News understands that two police officers shot each other in the Akasia Police Station’s charge office in Pretoria on Wednesday. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]An eyewitness said one of the officers accidentally shot a member of the public during the gunfight and then killed himself. It was unclear what exactly took place because the police were unavailable for comment.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]The other policeman was apparently wounded in the incident.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]One man said he was leaving the nearby post office when he heard several gunshots.

    “As I moved closer, I saw people just running,” he said. “Everybody was running outside and leaving the premises. The whole road was then full of people and police cars were coming from all directions.”

    He said a policeman on the scene told him what happened.

    “Two policemen were shooting at each other and they hit a member of the public. After the one, who shot the member of the public realised what he had done, he put the gun on himself.”[/FONT]


    http://www.ewn.co.za/articleprog.aspx?id=60716

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    Police have 'lost' 20 429 weapons

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...apons-20110309

    Cape Town - The police force admitted on Tuesday that a lack of discipline and weapon control was "worrying", after it came to light that police had "lost" 20 429 weapons since April 2004.

    Top management couldn't say in Parliament on Tuesday how many officials had been criminally prosecuted, disciplined or fired due to the losses.

    MPs from the ANC and opposition parties reacted angrily and said it was unacceptable that citizens were prosecuted for losing their private weapons while police officials got off scot-free.

    MPs even accused the police of playing in part in the country's high crime rate.

    Licence

    According to statistics presented by Lieutenant-General Gary Kruser, head of procurement services, to the portfolio committee on police, only 4 810 weapons were found again in the same time period.

    Top management couldn't come up with answers when committee members questioned them about what happened to officials who lost their weapons.

    "The Firearms Control Act puts a huge responsibility on citizens but an official can lose one weapon, a second and a third weapon and still keep his firearm licence. But if I lose my weapon, it is another matter," said Annelize van Wyk of the ANC.

    She said the conditions were much stricter for civilians than for police officials. "If you take into account all the losses, police are responsible for the increase in illegal firearms."

    ANC MP and committee chairperson Sindi Chikunga ascribed the losses to a "laissez-faire attitude" in the police, "because I know if I lose my weapon, I will get another one".

    Murders

    "I am convinced that many murders are committed with police weapons."

    The DA's Dianne Kohler Barnard said she wouldn't be surprised if officials sold their weapons to criminals.

    Pieter Groenewald of the FF+ wanted to know how many officials had been criminally prosecuted and how many had competency certificates.

    MPs believed police officials should be responsible for paying for weapons they had lost and that they should be punished.

    Police national personnel head, Lieutenant General Magda Stander, admitted the lack of discipline and firearm control was "indeed worrying".
    - Die Burger
    My solution: any police member who can't adequately explain the loss of a firearm should be issued with a water pistol instead. I think this problem would end very quickly.

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    Elite cops assault club patrons

    2011-03-13 18:26



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    Jacques Pauw, City Press

    Johannesburg - A controversial special police unit – already implicated in a host of crimes, including murder – has been caught on CCTV showing its members stomping on *the patrons of a bar, jumping on one, pouring alcohol on people and kicking and slapping them.

    City Press has obtained CCTV footage of the police tactical response team bursting into CJ’s bar in Hillbrow last month, where they *assaulted, intimidated and threatened patrons.

    Some police officers wore *balaclavas and others were armed with R5 assault rifles.

    It was the second time this year that the unit has raided CJ’s, witnesses say. They said the first time police threw teargas into the club and then hit, slapped and kicked *patrons.

    No patrons were arrested in any of the raids and no drugs or guns were found.

    The owner of CJ’s – Mauritius-born Raj Itburren – has accused the team of “terrorising” him after he laid a charge of assault against the unit *following the first raid.

    He claims he lost partial hearing in one ear after being slapped by an *officer on his head when he demanded to know why they were raiding his premises.

    He says he was also beaten on his knees with a baton.

    Death threat


    A Hillbrow police sergeant who *happened to be at CJ’s during the first raid was allegedly beaten up and kicked by members of the unit, and has also laid an assault charge against his *colleagues.

    City Press was told that he was threatened with death if he persisted with his charge.

    Last week, the sergeant said it was “better for him” not to speak to City Press. He requested that City Press didn’t use his name and wouldn’t elaborate on the threats against him.

    National police spokesperson Sally de Beer said it was a provincial matter and referred City Press to Colonel Neville Malila, the provincial commissioner’s spokesperson.

    Malila confirmed that three assault cases were opened at the Hillbrow police station after the raids and that a police officer had claimed to have been assaulted as well. No arrests have been made.

    Murder charges

    The elite team was set up in 2009 by police boss General Bheki Cele to apprehend armed and dangerous suspects.

    But it has rapidly developed a brutal reputation, and some members are facing *murder charges.

    The raid on CJ’s comes two weeks after tactical response team members were involved in a brawl at late-night Johannesburg restaurant Catz *Pyjamas, during which they also beat up patrons.

    Their actions resulted in four *members being suspended *pending an investigation.

    City Press has confirmed that *footage of the CJ’s raid was shown to *senior Hillbrow police officers shortly *after the incident – and charges were laid against unit members almost two months ago – but no action has been taken.

    The CCTV footage at CJ’s shows:
    » Heavily armed officers ordering patrons to lie down on the ground;

    » Officers stepping on patrons’ backs;

    » Officers throwing beer and liquor over patrons;

    » Officers kicking and slapping *patrons; and

    » Women being pushed around and slapped.

    Retribution

    Itburren says there was no need for the second raid and it seems as though it was nothing but retribution for the charges he laid against the *officers after the first raid.

    He says his turnover has dropped by 70% since the raids.

    The tactical response team has *allegedly been *involved in several *similar raids in Joburg over the past few months and is accused of conducting a reign of terror across the city.

    A Jeppe club owner – who preferred to remain anonymous – said his *patrons were also forced to lie down, after which cops threw beer over them and stepped on their backs.

    - City Press


    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trons-20110313


    So now we wear balaclavas,etc to hide our identities,threaten collegues and civilians.....

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    Tsotsi cops' won't be tolerated - Mthethwa

    2011-03-14 13:02








    Johannesburg - Gauteng police will "thoroughly" investigate a special police unit's allegedly assaulting, intimidating and threatening patrons of a Hillbrow bar, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday.

    "Our stance as the police leadership is comprehensible: we have never shielded corrupt police officers, instead [we] have been leading a campaign to weed out tsotsi-cops," Mthethwa said.

    "Any such atrocious acts cannot be left unattended."

    He was responding to a report in Sunday's City Press newspaper of a "controversial special police unit" - already implicated in a host of crimes, including murder - caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) "stomping on the patrons of a bar, jumping on one, pouring alcohol on people and kicking and slapping them".

    The paper obtained the CCTV footage showing the police storming into CJ's bar in Hillbrow last month.

    Balaclavas

    According to the report the officers - some wearing balaclavas and others armed with R5 rifles - assaulted, intimidated and threatened patrons.

    Mthethwa expressed "full confidence" in the Gauteng police management, saying they would "thoroughly investigate" the incident.

    No member of the SA Police Service was "beyond reproach" or "above the law", he said, and police management were "duty bound" to make sure officers upheld the principles of "batho pele" (people first).

    Mthethwa said the police's mandate of "fighting crime smartly and toughly" within the boundaries of the Constitution had not changed. Those who could not conform to that mandate had no place in the police force.

    He said the ministry had taken "proactive measures" to curb police abuse of civilians - adding that by February 2011, 200 Gauteng police officers had been arrested on various counts of corruption.

    These measures included increasing the training period for new officers from one to two years, incorporating civic education and civic duties into training, reviewing measures and policies around disciplinary cases - for example moving away from suspension with full pay toward tougher conditions against those under investigation - and recruiting members by involving communities in the process.

    The City Press further reported the raid on the CJ's bar was not the first, and a police officer was assaulted during another raid earlier this year. The Hillbrow police sergeant who happened to be in the bar was allegedly beaten up and kicked by members of the unit. He laid an assault charge against his colleagues, the report said.

    Premature statements


    The raid on the bar came two weeks after tactical response team members allegedly beat up patrons at Melville restaurant, Catz Pyjamas, after they allegedly threw bottles of alcohol at the officers from a first floor balcony. Four members were suspended after the incident.

    Mthethwa criticised journalists who he charged had "jumped the gun" after the initial story was published and "condemned things for the sake of condemning", before due process had been followed.

    "After yesterday's story we noted some individuals within the media circles making premature statements and calling on police leadership to judge and punish our members based on allegations. We will not be pressured into responding by anyone.

    "We shall never dismiss any member via 'media courts' and not afford them fair platforms to state their sides of the story."

    - SAPA
    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...ethwa-20110314

    Wish we could believe this,action speaks louder than words Mr Minister!
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    Other incidents of dodgy policing:

    http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuu...eklik-20110310

    Roughly translated/paraphrased:

    Buks Viljoen
    A policeman from Carolina in Mpumalanga allegedly stuck a service pistol to the head of a man and pulled the trigger.The man wanted to protect hisfiancée after the cop pushed her.

    The gun has just "clicked" because the weapon was not loaded.

    According to Mr. Narrow Martin (26), the policeman during an argument cried out: "F * ck you. I will shoot you! "

    The alleged incident happened last Wednesday afternoon in the town occurred while the victom and Theresa du Plessis (21), his fiancee, visited friends.

    Const. Joseph Mmakola (31) turned up to serve a warrant on the owner of the house.
    As the fiancee went to the toilet,the cop pushed her to the ground.On seeing this,the boyfriend got involved in an arguement with the policeman.

    "It was then that he put his gun to my head. "I am a police man * and can do what I want, 'he shouted to me."

    Then later that evening as he attempted lay a complaint against Mmakola,the police at the station refused to help him,even tho he identified the particular member,he was told to return the next day to complain to the station commander.

    About an hour later, one of Slim's friends called him and alerted him that the police were looking for him.

    "They wanted me arrested because Mmakola apparently laid a charge of assault against me ."

    Tuesday morning he made a statement at is attourney's office,here he was arrested and spent Tuesday night in the cells,and was released on bail the next day.

    Mr. Nantes Kelder, head of community safety AfriForum, went to Narrow to assist with a criminal complaint with the police's independent complaints directorate.

    Lieutenant Colonel. Leonard Hlathi, police spokesperson has not yet responded to media inquiries it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious george View Post
    Elite cops assault club patrons

    2011-03-13 18:26



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    Jacques Pauw, City Press

    Johannesburg - A controversial special police unit – already implicated in a host of crimes, including murder – has been caught on CCTV showing its members stomping on *the patrons of a bar, jumping on one, pouring alcohol on people and kicking and slapping them.

    City Press has obtained CCTV footage of the police tactical response team bursting into CJ’s bar in Hillbrow last month, where they *assaulted, intimidated and threatened patrons.

    Some police officers wore *balaclavas and others were armed with R5 assault rifles.

    It was the second time this year that the unit has raided CJ’s, witnesses say. They said the first time police threw teargas into the club and then hit, slapped and kicked *patrons.

    No patrons were arrested in any of the raids and no drugs or guns were found.

    The owner of CJ’s – Mauritius-born Raj Itburren – has accused the team of “terrorising” him after he laid a charge of assault against the unit *following the first raid.

    He claims he lost partial hearing in one ear after being slapped by an *officer on his head when he demanded to know why they were raiding his premises.

    He says he was also beaten on his knees with a baton.

    Death threat


    A Hillbrow police sergeant who *happened to be at CJ’s during the first raid was allegedly beaten up and kicked by members of the unit, and has also laid an assault charge against his *colleagues.

    City Press was told that he was threatened with death if he persisted with his charge.

    Last week, the sergeant said it was “better for him” not to speak to City Press. He requested that City Press didn’t use his name and wouldn’t elaborate on the threats against him.

    National police spokesperson Sally de Beer said it was a provincial matter and referred City Press to Colonel Neville Malila, the provincial commissioner’s spokesperson.

    Malila confirmed that three assault cases were opened at the Hillbrow police station after the raids and that a police officer had claimed to have been assaulted as well. No arrests have been made.

    Murder charges

    The elite team was set up in 2009 by police boss General Bheki Cele to apprehend armed and dangerous suspects.

    But it has rapidly developed a brutal reputation, and some members are facing *murder charges.

    The raid on CJ’s comes two weeks after tactical response team members were involved in a brawl at late-night Johannesburg restaurant Catz *Pyjamas, during which they also beat up patrons.

    Their actions resulted in four *members being suspended *pending an investigation.

    City Press has confirmed that *footage of the CJ’s raid was shown to *senior Hillbrow police officers shortly *after the incident – and charges were laid against unit members almost two months ago – but no action has been taken.

    The CCTV footage at CJ’s shows:
    » Heavily armed officers ordering patrons to lie down on the ground;

    » Officers stepping on patrons’ backs;

    » Officers throwing beer and liquor over patrons;

    » Officers kicking and slapping *patrons; and

    » Women being pushed around and slapped.

    Retribution

    Itburren says there was no need for the second raid and it seems as though it was nothing but retribution for the charges he laid against the *officers after the first raid.

    He says his turnover has dropped by 70% since the raids.

    The tactical response team has *allegedly been *involved in several *similar raids in Joburg over the past few months and is accused of conducting a reign of terror across the city.

    A Jeppe club owner – who preferred to remain anonymous – said his *patrons were also forced to lie down, after which cops threw beer over them and stepped on their backs.

    - City Press


    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trons-20110313


    So now we wear balaclavas,etc to hide our identities,threaten collegues and civilians.....
    Here's the video link:

    http://www.*******.co.za/Suid-Afrika...p-rue-20110312

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious george View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by prion View Post
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    Hope this works:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqU72...layer_embedded

    Searching for this and finding quite a few results,I'm astounded by just how much airtime these rotten apples are getting to avail!The part thats scary is that is seems to be ok with management tho.Lots of lipservice,but thats it.Bad training,worse leadership...

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    Oh dear,and on to today's episode of "SA cops out of control":

    Lowvelder/Laevelder Tuesday March 15 2011
    http://www.lowvelder.co.za/index.php...t-cop-arrested



    Gun-Blazing TRT cop arrested Written by Christopher de Wet and Landé Willemse - Monday, 14 March 2011 16:09 NELSPRUIT - For the first time in the province’s history a member of the controversial Tactical Response Team (TRT), has been arrested on charges of assault.

    In less than 72 hours members of the provincial TRT had shot at, assaulted and verbally threatened members of the public in two separate incidents.

    An unarmed man sitting in the foyer of the Rob Ferreira Hospital on Saturday night was unexpectedly approached by an off-duty TRT officer who, according to eyewitnesses, simply opened fire at the man without warning. A member of the security company who was called to the scene said the officer pointed his service pistol and "fired a couple of shots, but missed his intended target".

    He added that the seemingly intoxicated officer then beat the man with the pistol’s butt. "He was arrested and taken to the Nelspruit Police Station." Lt Col Leonard Hlathi, provincial police spokesman, confirmed the incident. The suspect appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and the discharge of a firearm in public.

    An elderly couple of White River experienced "terror" when the TRT again made use of excessive force during an operation performed in the area on Thursday.

    "We were so scared and feared for our lives," the woman said.

    The owners of a smallholding near Casterbridge, who wish to stay anonymous out of fear of victimisation by the police, claim that five unmarked vehicles entered their property at high speed on Thursday afternoon and performed a search operation.

    "The vehicles just drove in and a swarm of combat-armed police started shouting and issuing orders," the traumatised couple said. "They pushed my son-in-law to the ground, stepped on his head with a booted foot and pointed no less than five rifles at the back of his head.

    They then searched our staff, who are mainly elderly men and retrieved one of our workers while he was on the toilet, without giving him a chance to pull up his pants," said the source.

    According to the husband one member of the TRT asked his wife to keep their two puppies under control but went ahead and sprayed pepper spray in the dogs’ faces before she could react.

    "They even followed my wife to the house with a rifle pointed at her back," said the source. "You know, she was unarmed and we complied totally with their demands, it wasn’t necessary for them to be so aggressive." He added that when they attempted to ask what was happening they were shouted down and someone mentioned they were "looking for illegal activities".

    Hlathi confirmed that an opera-tion was conducted and said that there was no need for a warrant to be signed and that this specialised team could "search wherever they feel it necessary".

    The couple and their son-in-law had laid charges of assault against the police members at the White River Police Station.

    What do you guys think,how do your cops compare?

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    It reads like a scene from an action movie but what occurred on Tuesday was not what three thugs had bargained for when they committed two house robberies in the Wierdapark area of Centurion.

    Two of the suspects, aged 32 and 36, are fighting for their lives in hospital after they were shot by police following a high-speed chase through the area.

    The two who were injured met their match after SAPS Air Wing members received a message to look out for a speeding green Corolla in Centurion.

    According to police, the helicopter spotted the vehicle on the Ben Schoeman highway and immediately tailed the car as it sped away.

    The suspects were fleeing after a house robbery near Wierdapark. They had sped off in their vehicle before police were alerted by a complainant.

    They took the Jean Avenue off-ramp and turned into Rabie Street, where they were driving in the wrong lane against oncoming traffic.

    “They were now posing a danger to many people as they were driving against oncoming traffic and the police started to shoot at the car from the chopper.

    “The car came to a standstill after police fired several bullets at the suspects’ car.

    “Two of them were injured and (are) under police guard at the hospital,” said police spokesman Captain Brian Plaatjies.

    Two ambulances raced to the scene and paramedics were working frantically to keep the two robbery suspects alive.

    The car in which they were travelling stood in the middle of the road.

    Glass from the vehicle’s shattered windows lay scattered for nearly 15m along the tarmac.

    Traffic was heavily affected as the police secured the scene and diverted traffic off Rabie Street into Basden Avenue.

    Onlookers, most of whom had only heard gunfire from far until they saw police surrounding the vehicle, lined the streets and watched as police investigated the scene.

    The two robbers lay on the ground bleeding.

    But police were taking no chances, tying their hands despite the fact that both of them were on drips.

    Police believe a third suspect fled the scene during the shootout.

    An eyewitness apparently saw him running away into the nearby veld.

    The eyewitness told police that the suspect ran across the veld while he was taking his clothes off at the same time.

    That suspect had not yet been arrested but police were hunting for him, said Plaatjies.

    It is suspected he might also have been shot before the car came to a halt, and that he ran away with a firearm still on him.

    Police could not confirm who was driving the vehicle as the men were all out of the car when police pounced on them.

    Police units from Lyttelton and Wierdabrug jointly responded to the chase, but no shots were fired from their cars as the Corolla had already been brought to a halt. - Pretoria News
    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-cour...pper-1.1042317

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    Cele’s brutal force

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afri...orce-1.1044575

    South African police are becoming more brutal by the day, with civil cases against them pushing the contingent liability budget to a whopping R7.5 billion in the last financial year.
    The Sunday Tribune reveals today that the sharp spike in brutal action by the police has prompted the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) to investigate three times more severe assault cases last year than in 2001.
    These revelations come as the country celebrates Human Rights Day tomorrow and against the backdrop of a recent case in which the police were accused of using excessive force on civilians.
    Last month the police stormed a restaurant in Melville, Joburg, in the early hours and assaulted patrons. The incident was captured on closed-circuit TV cameras inside the Catz Pyjamas and it shocked the nation.
    Police researchers and lawyers who specialise in litigating against the police have warned that anecdotal reports of giving electric shocks, suffocation and other apartheid-style torture methods have become more prevalent.
    - CD statistics compiled by a Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) researcher indicate that:
    - Since 2001/02 the number of assault investigations conducted by the ICD has trebled from 255 to 920 in 2009/10. Attempted murder cases it investigated have gone up over seven times from 43 in 2001/02 to 325 in the last financial year.
    - The number of fatal shooting investigations was at an all-time high over the past two financial years – at 556 in 2008/09 and 524 in 2009/10. The figure is compared with 458 in 1997/08, 293 in 2002/03 and an all-time low of 281 in 2005/06.
    And policing researchers say the spike in fatal shootings can be traced back to KwaZulu-Natal, where there has been a 173 percent increase in five years – from 75 in 2005/06 to 205 in 2009/10.
    “These statistics raise the question of whether sections of the police in KwaZulu-Natal may have adopted an approach which is defined by the belief that extra-legal methods are not only justified, but in fact necessary to address violent crime,” writes David Bruce of the CSVR.
    Police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi says Minister Nathi Mthethwa is “extremely concerned about the continuing allegations of police brutality”.
    Mnisi says strengthening ICD legislation is the first step to curbing the problem.
    “We would rather have the police on the ground, fighting crime than in court defending themselves for their alleged abuses of civilians,” said Mnisi.




    Meanwhile, the courts are flooded with civil cases against the police that have pushed the contingent liability budget to R2bn more than the 2005/06 financial year when the police were prepared to pay R5.3bn for assault, damage to property, shooting incidents and other “police actions”.
    The police say the amount is deliberately set high, and “not all of it was utilised”.
    “When you plan for possible lawsuits, it is best to have more in your budget, but it does not necessarily imply you will utilise the whole amount. So in cases where it has not been fully utilised or lesser lawsuits were brought against the police, it will then be directed to (other) programmes,” said Mnisi.
    The Tribune has found a number of civil cases lodged in the Joburg and Pretoria High courts in which the applicants claim the police assaulted, gave electric shocks or suffocated them, and they demand compensation.
    The taxpayer carries the burden of paying for the police’s excessive use of force.
    While individual cases are not astronomical, with cost awards added, they can mount up.
    - Edwin Molokomme claims to have been assaulted, suffocated and given electric shocks at the Wierdabrug police station in Pretoria, before being “forced to sign an admission statement” on February 7, 2007.
    - Chiza Ndaba claims to have been bundled into the boot of his car by members of the police in Worcester in the Western Cape, kicked repeatedly and pepper-sprayed on March 19, 2008.
    - Isaac Sibiya claims that after his arrest on August 18, 2007 by Vosloorus police on the East Rand, he was beaten so badly he was later admitted to hospital at the Natalspruit Hospital for more than a month.
    - Zipho Ndlovu claims Midrand police hooded him, placed him in a torture position and subjected him to electric shocks on May 27, 2010.
    - Sifiso Makhubu claims the Diepkloof police smothered, sjambokked and shocked him on November 14, 2009.
    While these cases have yet to be tested in court, the ICD is concerned about the resurgence of heavy-handed tactics among the police, saying it has received “numerous reports of unwarranted attacks on civilians by police officers attached to special units”.
    “These acts cannot be tolerated in a constitutional democracy.
    “Policing in 2011 should be totally different from the apartheid past that we come from.
    “Police officers should uphold the rule of law and not be the ones accused of breaking it,” said ICD executive director Francois Beukman.
    The outcry came after video footage emerged of police Tactical Response Team (TRT) members barging into Melville bar, the Catz Pyjamas, and assaulting patrons.
    The ICD says it is investigating the incident along with another, also involving TRT members, which took place at CJs Pub in Hillbrow.




    Wits Law Clinic lawyer Peter Jordi says: “There is a level of criminality within the police much higher than the police will admit.”
    Jordi has specialised in civil prosecutions against the police for more than 25 years and says, while he is not against them, he wants “the police to do a good job”.
    “I saw, anecdotally, that there was a lot of torture going on in the early 1990s. This is of ordinary criminal suspects. Then there was a diminution and now torture is definitely back at full throttle. It is happening all over the place. They torture you at the drop of a hat about nothing.”
    Bruce, who studied ICD statistics from as far back as 1997, says statistics of fatalities in police custody are the most reliable and concerning.
    He believes there could be hundreds more incidents of common assault at the hands of the police that are not being reported. - Tribune

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    Some good news for once:

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-cour...erer-1.1043958

    Convicted rapist and murderer Jack Mogale was on Friday sentenced to multiple life terms in the Johannesburg High Court, SABC radio news reported.
    Judge Frans Kgomo sentenced Mogale, 42, to 16 life sentences which are to run concurrently. He will serve another 23 years thereafter, without the possibility of parole.
    This was because Mogale was a danger to society, Kgomo said.
    As Mogale left the court on Friday, he shouted in Sepedi at the families of his victims, saying “You are also coming, I pray. I will be out soon.”
    Kgomo said Mogale was evil and should be kept away from women and society.
    Mogale was found guilty on Wednesday of nine kidnappings, 19
    rapes, 16 murders, attempted murder, three robberies with aggravating circumstances, fraud or theft, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, ****** assault and escape from lawful custody.
    Mogale pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. He continually testified that police, witnesses and his common-law wife Charlotte Manaka, were conspiring against him. Kgomo dismissed this claim as “far-fetched” and “fallacious”.
    The crimes were mainly committed at the West-End brick and clay factory near his home in Waterworks, Westonaria, and at various locations in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.
    He attacked and murdered 15 women and a child between March 2008 and March 2009. He was arrested when police were given his car registration number after a teenager went missing. -
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    More good news, surprised no-one posted this already.

    Court sends Hawks law back to parliament

    http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Court-s...ament-20110317

    Johannesburg - Businessman Hugh Glenister was "shell shocked" by the Constitutional Court ruling that part of the legislation enabling the disbanding of the Scorpions and the launch of the Hawks was constitutionally invalid.

    "I am a little bit shell shocked. I was really not expecting this," Glenister told Sapa.

    The court ruled on Wednesday that the legislation was constitutionally invalid because it did not provide enough protection against political influence for the Hawks, a specialist investigative unit within the police.

    It ordered that Chapter 6A of the South Africa Police Services Act 68 of 1995, as amended, be sent back to parliament, with the order of constitutional invalidity suspended for 18 months, until it has been rectified.

    Glenister took the case through the courts following a decision taken at the ANC's 2007 Polokwane conference that the Directorate of Special Operations, known as the Scorpions, be disbanded. The ANC had repeatedly accused the Scorpions of a political agenda as it tried to prosecute President Jacob Zuma for allegedly accepting a bribe facilitated by his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik and French arms company Thint.

    After Shaik's conviction and sentence for corruption and fraud, the Scorpions pursued Zuma and Thint. This was however dropped due to interference in that investigation.

    "I am full of the joys of spring," said Glenister, who had cut a lone figure chain-smoking during the court recesses of previous hearings on the matter.

    He lost several times. Plans went ahead to disband the Scorpions, who fell under the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and justice department, and form the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, (DPCI) otherwise known as the Hawks, within the structure of the police.

    "I can only hope, but I cannot predict, that South Africans will now start tightening the reigns on their politicians at every level, from the municipal to national."

    At one point he considered giving up.

    "But people were chirping in my ear and making me positive. When battling a lone battle there are times when you get despondent, you just want to walk away and say 'enough'. But human beings have the capacity to inspire others."

    A Hawks spokesperson said they would comment after seeing the judgment.

    In its ruling, the court explained that the constitution, the Bill of Rights and international agreements on combating corruption which had been approved by parliament required that states create independent anti-corruption entities.

    The judges said the DPCI's activities must be coordinated by the cabinet, and that the statute provides that a ministerial committee may determine policy guidelines for the DPCI's functioning, and for the selection of national priority offences.

    This makes the unit vulnerable to political interference, with inadequate safeguards.

    "Conditions of service of the unit's members and in particular those applying to its head make it insufficiently independent. Members thus have inadequate employment security to carry out their duties vigorously; the appointment of members is not sufficiently shielded from political influence; and remuneration levels are flexible and not secured. These aspects make the unit vulnerable to an undue measure of political influence."

    The judges also found the constitution does not oblige parliament to place a specialised corruption-fighting unit only within the NPA, where the Scorpions had been situated.

    During the Zuma investigation the NPA was dogged by controversy. One of its heads, Bulelani Ngcuka, eventually left after a long-standing impasse over a statement that although they had prima facie evidence Zuma was guilty, they would not prosecute him.

    Another NPA head, Vusi Pikoli, was subjected to an inquiry over whether he was fit to hold office after the unit attempted to arrest former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who is now in the process of appealing a 15-year corruption sentence.

    Although the inquiry concluded it could not find he was unfit to hold office, he was fired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.

    Selebi maintained he was the victim of a plot by the Scorpions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious george View Post
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    Lt Col Leonard Hlathi, provincial police spokesman, confirmed the incident.
    ...
    Hlathi confirmed that an operation was conducted and said that there was no need for a warrant to be signed and that this specialised team could "search wherever they feel it necessary".
    ...
    If that quote is accurate, it demonstrates an extremely dangerous and disturbing attitude within the SAPS's leadership. It boggles the mind that they could even begin to think that the TRT is exempt from obeying the country's constitution just because it's a specialist unit.

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