No trust in po­lice

The Star Late Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

The 2015/2016 Vic­tims of Crime Sur­vey re­leased by Statis­ti­cian-Gen­eral Pali Le­hohla on Tues­day paints a bleak pic­ture of a de­mor­alised na­tion that has lost all hope in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

A sur­vey on 30 000 house­holds re­vealed that South Africans opted not to re­port cer­tain crimes due to a lack of trust in po­lice as they be­lieve the of­fi­cers will not take ac­tion.

This is truly dis­turb­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers are tasked with cre­at­ing a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one.

When tak­ing their oath of of­fice, these of­fi­cers swear to ren­der ef­fec­tive ser­vice of high qual­ity, and to act im­par­tially, hon­estly and trans­par­ently. But, most im­por­tantly, they un­der­take to work ac­tively to­wards pre­vent­ing any form of cor­rup­tion and to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.

Sim­i­larly, mem­bers of the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity who, upon tak­ing their oath, swear to serve South Africans im­par­tially and per­form their du­ties in good faith with­out fear, favour or prej­u­dice.

But ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, South Africans have also lost hope in the courts due to le­niency on crim­i­nals, cases that drag on for­ever, and cor­rupt of­fi­cials.

This lack of trust in po­lice was re­cently high­lighted in Roset­tenville where res­i­dents took mat­ters into their hands, torch­ing 16 houses they claim have been turned into drug dens and broth­els. Res­i­dents fur­ther claimed that drug lords had po­lice of­fi­cers on their pay­roll, di­min­ish­ing any hope of rid­ding their area of drugs and other crimes.

Jus­tice and po­lice min­istries ought to act on these per­cep­tions and do some­thing that will in­stil con­fi­dence in those they serve.

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