Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The police are part of South Africa’s crime problem

From Lenny (Times User)

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I read with utter dismay the other day that President Jacob Zuma supports an amendment to section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act that would give the police the power to "shoot to kill".


The crime situation in South Africa is very severe. No one denies this, except a few idiot politicians.

But then, politicians are no better than criminals; probably worse. And criminals are flocking to this country because they’ve heard how ineffective our police are; how our police hire security guards to protect their police stations; how easily our police can be convinced to co-operate in criminal activity (note I’m not saying all our police, but far too many for comfort).

They’ve also heard that in South Africa crime does pay — very well — and if criminal acts get too rough for the criminal, there’s always public office!

But instead of solving the root problems that make criminal activity so attractive in this attractive country, the government responds emotionally by saying: “Let’s give the police the power to shoot to kill.”

How unimaginably dumb is that?

The last thing citizens want to do is give more power to the state or its organs.

Power belongs to the people, not the state. Allowing police to shoot indiscriminately can only lead to the loss of innocent lives, not to mention potential trigger-happy, power-drunk policemen and women having more power over me than I care to tolerate.

I’ve searched deeply for answers to our crime situation and I always come back to the same conclusion — the police are incapable of protecting and serving the public, which empowers criminals, and entrenches criminality and lawlessness.

Why are our police so powerless to alleviate crime ? Here again, I am always led to the same conclusion — poor training and the reprehensible belief that the badge confers special powers and rights on the wearer.

The police in this country were trained originally in the art of propping up an illegitimate government — the apartheid system. But I’m not blaming apartheid; I’m blaming poor training and a mentality that has endured. This legacy lives on: it is perpetuated in the training today and that mentality has not been eradicated.

Our police don’t seem to want to put in the effort required of detective work, or to respect the public that pays their salaries. But I suspect these guys have never properly been shown how to.

And then there is poor pay. But properly skilled police will (and should) be remunerated according to the level of skill they acquire — just moving through the ranks with time, as is obviously customary at present, should cease.

Well-trained, well-paid, motivated police who solve crimes, apprehend perpetrators and ensure that the courts can prosecute successfully will eventually send a strong message: “Do the crime and we’ll ensure you do the time”.

This isn’t going to happen overnight; it’s a plan for the long-term security of the country.

Zuma was quoted, in a speech on Tuesday to police-station commanders, as saying: “We have an abnormal criminal problem in South Africa. We must therefore apply extraordinary measures.”

Yes, Mr President, we do have an abnormal criminal problem in South Africa but, until you also acknowledge that we have an even more abnormal police problem in this country, you and your shoot-to-kill cops are not going to wrest back control from the criminals.

I hope you issue some pens, paper and training courses with those extra bullets that you will be distributing.

1 Opinion(s):

Quark said...

Ag ja Lennie, just keep making excuses for them.

"Why are our police so powerless to alleviate crime ? Here again, I am always led to the same conclusion — poor training and the reprehensible belief that the badge confers special powers and rights on the wearer."

HAHAHA - Lenny, it's because they're coons.

"Our police don’t seem to want to put in the effort required of detective work, or to respect the public that pays their salaries. But I suspect these guys have never properly been shown how to."

AHAHAHAHA Lenny, its a lot simpler than that. It's because they're coons.

(etc etc etc for the rest of his script)

Occam's razor my friend. Catch a wakeup.