Rorisang Kgosana
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4 Oct 2021
5:15 am

‘Long arm of the thugs’: Criminal police officers in uniform

Rorisang Kgosana

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has turned up the heat on those in blue who abuse their power.

The rank insignia of a police sergeant of the South African Police Service (Saps) standing on parade prior to manning a vehicle checkpoint (VCP) in Sea Point to enforce the lockdown regulations and curfew of Disaster Management Act to fight the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) on July 24, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture Gallo Images/Roger Sedres

With 21 police officials arrested for torture, murder and kidnapping and a sergeant detained for raping a child, in the past week, the long arm of the law is being turned into the long arm of thugs by some members. While police brutality seemed to be a problem in South Africa, a number of factors such as frustration, trauma and crime-ridden communities often lead to violence, said police expert at Stellenbosch University Dr Guy Lamb. “The situation depends on the context. It is often factors and environments in which police operate. "You find this kind of abuse and violence happening...