Note carefully, these were not criminals in police uniform pretending to be cops. These are ACTUAL cops who robbed this man.
While there are undoubtedly many dedicated police men and women that do a sterling job that you and I would not contemplate, the question remains why the few rotten apples are allowed to remain in the force to besmirch the name of the SAPS as a whole.
This points to a lack of leadership which is a consequence of affirmative action appointees without the credentials to lead or manage effectively.
In the meantime, the SAPS loses thousands of able-bodied and infinitely more capable white policemen to the private sector and to countries like Australia who are actively recruiting them by the thousands.
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Commercial pilot Attie van Schalkwyk, 32, of Hartbeespoort was pulled over on Church Street on June 29, 2008 in Pretoria-West en route home from the Johannesburg airport near Kempton Park at 10pm.
The two uniformed police officers inside police vehicle then pointed a R5 military assault rifle at him, accused him of 'drunken driving', said he was arrested -- and then forced him to withdraw large amounts of cash at two cash points nearby which they took for themselves.
They took no breathaliser- or blood-tests. The powerful South African-designed R5 military assault rifle is not issued to any members of the SA Police nor any metropolitian police forces - it is solely used by the military.
The pilot ran for his life, jumping out at a stop-sign on a turn-off to the black township of Atteridgeville he was being driven to.
He and his wife have now placed formal robbery charges at the Hartbeespoort police station and the Police Inspectorate has also been informed.
Investigations are ongoing against the two Pretoria-West police officers, who claim the pilot had been 'drunk'. And his attorney Wilhelm Mundt went to the Pretoria-West police station the next day, getting Van Schalkwyk's confiscated car returned.
Mundt says that the two police officers who had robbed him at gunpoint, claim that they are 'investigating a charge of drunk driving' against the pilot - although no blood tests were taken and he also was not asked to blow into a breath-test analyser during his 'arrest'.
The police have returned Van Schalkwyk's car-keys to his lawyer. Van Schalkwyk says he now fears for his life and believes the Pretoria-West cops and their comrades would not hesitate to take revenge.