Confidence in SA police undermined

The SAPS has come under fire from community members in recent days. (Photo:

The SAPS has come under fire from community members in recent days. (Photo:

Today’s press features articles which suggest that some people have lost confidence in the officers of the South African Police Service.

Man allegedly dragged to death by police

The world’s attention turns to the South African criminal justice system again after a man who was allegedly handcuffed to and dragged behind a police vehicle died in police custody two hours after the incident. Read more.

Wealth South Africans turn to private criminal justice services

Phillip de Wet’s article “Money can’t buy or bury justice, but it can tip the scales” discusses the fact that wealthier South Africans opt for private investigators and ballistics/fingerprint/pathology experts, since they have little confidence in the capabilities of the police. Read de Wet’s article.

Community alleges police officers working with nyaope dealers

“Naledi cops take the rap for nyaope” by the Sowetan’s Katlego Moeng suggests the community is losing faith in the police. Residents of Naledi, Emndeni and Tladi have accused officers of colluding with drug dealers in the area, especially those selling “nyaope”. The police allegedly take bribes from the drug dealers instead of arresting for them.


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