The good, bad and ugly of law en­force­ment

Pretoria News - - Metro - KENNEDY MUDZULI kennedy.mudzuli@inl.co.za

IT WAS a case of the good, the bad and the ugly of law en­force­ment in Tsh­wane yes­ter­day.

MEC for Com­mu­nity Safety Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane made a good point when she vis­ited Eras­mia po­lice sta­tion in the cap­i­tal.

Af­ter ex­press­ing her un­hap­pi­ness that some of­fi­cers were not wear­ing bul­let­proof vests or uni­forms, she lamented the poor treat­ment they dish out to the mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Po­lice do not have to be the dar­lings of the pub­lic, but if they are to ex­e­cute their man­date ef­fec­tively, they have to do so in uni­form.

Al­though se­cu­rity guards, nurses and oth­ers wear uni­form, few can match the re­spect earned by a po­lice of­fi­cer in uni­form.

There is a level of calm and an air of peace when a po­lice of­fi­cer in uni­form ap­pears.

Po­lice do not have to be the dar­lings of the pub­lic, but if they are to ef­fec­tively ex­e­cute their man­date, they have to do so in uni­form.

As for bul­let­proof vests; ours is a volatile so­ci­ety and one of the most crime-rid­den coun­tries.

A po­lice­man with­out this re­source is there­fore use­less to the na­tion be­cause he risks get­ting shot and killed should he be called into ac­tion.

Nkosi-Malobane’s ap­peal for the men and women in blue to treat mem­bers of the pub­lic with re­spect was an­other state­ment that stood out.

Crime vic­tims will find it eas­ier to in­ter­act with po­lice if they feel warmth upon en­ter­ing a po­lice sta­tion.

If peo­ple do not feel wel­come, they will think twice about go­ing to sta­tions to re­port crime.

May her mes­sage be spread to other po­lice sta­tions in the prov­ince and around the coun­try, not just re­served for the po­lice of­fi­cers at Eras­mia po­lice sta­tion.

Talk­ing of crime, the self-in­flicted pain of those re­spon­si­ble for van­dal­is­ing street lights to steal the globes is sink­ing to the low­est level of crime, to say the least.

The lights are there for a rea­son – to safe­guard the same com­mu­ni­ties that now see them as a pot of gold.

Also to be con­demned in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms is the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices of­fi­cer who was caught on cam­era drunk and strug­gling to stay on his feet, while in uni­form.

That is not what tax­pay­ers pay him to do.

In court, a wife killer was sen­tenced to 15 years. The “trash” told the court he lost his cool in an ar­gu­ment and bashed the woman’s head against a wall.

He had been on the run for seven years and even­tu­ally handed him­self in. Shame on him.

We also hope jus­tice will pre­vail in the trial of those ac­cused of mur­der­ing ac­tor Du­misani Masilela. May his soul rest in peace.

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