Bad cop, bad cops. This story takes the cake factory.
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I was pretty surprised when I read an article on News24 entitled, “Decapitated man didn’t give ok”.
Can you actually believe this - a Caledon policeman took items (rubber mats and hubcaps) from an accident scene in 2003, claiming that the accident victim gave him permission to take items from his car.
But wait – the man was decapitated in the accident.
So, the obvious question is, “How did he give permission if he basically couldn’t talk, let alone breathe?”
Well, at least a regional district court found that it would have been impossible for a man to have given permission seeing that he had no head, and the accused, Captain Dawid Johann Jullies, was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for five years.
However, it seems that the SAPS found otherwise. Jullies was acting as station commissioner at Caledon police station the very next day, despite the fact that the deceased's sister, Gail Josephs, testified against Jullies and said they had not given him permission to take anything.
She said she had asked Jullies for certain items from her deceased's brother's car, upon which he had wanted to know why she wanted them if she could claim them from insurance.
"When we got back to the car, the hubcaps and mats were already gone," she said.
But now Jullies is back in his job. How can this be?
Well, when trying to establish how this could be possible, provincial police spokesperson Captain Elliot Sinyangana explained they were informed at the time that Jullies had received permission from the owner of the car in the accident to take the items.
He said Jullies was given an internal hearing and found innocent after the car owner confirmed giving Jullies the necessary permission.
Hello! Car owner died at the scene.
It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.
Oh, and by the way…how did he confirm this? Once again management within the SAPS has let members of the public down.
Senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, Dr Johan Burger, said police should have put together a committee after Jullies's criminal case, to decide whether he was fit to remain in the police service.
"He can't just come back and go on with his job as if nothing happened," he added. "It is a poor management decision".
Burger said a person in this situation could be suspended, fired or demoted.
Usually, people in these situations were dismissed. Well, the SAPS have only itself to blame for bad press.
Keeping bad apples like this in their organisation when it is obvious that they are dishonest can only lead to public mistrust and lack of confidence in the SAPS.