2 minute read
19 Mar 2021
5:50 am

Address dismal training of SA’s police officers


The cops on the ground are not to blame – their bosses, who allow this situation to develop, are.

Picture: iStock/ Evgen_Prozhyrko

The reason military training – at least of raw recruits – is so brutal is that war, and violence, is an awful business and those being introduced to it need to be made to react instinctively, rather than think about what faces them. In a firefight, a soldier will react instantly to commands, because it has been hard-wired into him (and most of them are males) that whoever gave that order – his superior – would know what he was doing. Combat is not a democracy and the luxury of stopping to debate could get you killed. Crowd control and...