12 March 2013
IFP spokesperson on Police, Velaphi Ndlovu MP
said, "The sight of a man being manhandled by police, handcuffed
to the back of their van and the van driving away while he is
dragged behind it will be hard for the nation to forget. With
many communities already taking the law into their own hands,
how can they be expected to trust the police, when they also act
no better than criminals?"
Ndlovu believes that the image of the SAPS is
in tatters, with communities across the country having very
little faith that the police can do their jobs.
"Traffic officers demand and take bribes, rape
victims are victimised even in police stations and known
criminals terrorise communities, which has caused people to not
see the police as being on their side. Widespread vigilantism in
communities has resulted, where there is a perceived lack of
police commitment to reduce criminal activities," said Ndlovu.
"How can citizens be expected to follow the
law, when they are constantly let down by those who are supposed
to protect them?" asked Ndlovu.
Effective and practical steps need to be taken
to ensure that the image of the police not only improves amongst
the citizenry, but also that criminal activities are dealt with
while the communities work alongside the police to make their lives
IFP Spokesperson on Police, VB Ndlovu
MP; 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media
Liaison Officer, Mr PhendulaniBiyase, on 073 024 5675