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Fred Khumalo Calls for a Unit to Monitor the Police to Rid the Force of Corruption and Brutality

Zulu Boy Gone CrazyIn a column for the Sunday World, Fred Khumalo list various examples of the police acting as if they are above the law – the most disturbing of which is probably the murder of Mido Macia who was dragged from the back of a police van. Most recently, there was the case of a police vehicle slamming into parliamentarian Thandile Babalwa Sunduza’s car and female officers calling her “isifebe” (whore).

“There must be a unit that should police the police, if any stride is to be made towards ridding the force of bad apples, and instilling discipline to help transform the police, and thus restore the public’s confidence in the security apparatus,” Khumalo says. He cautions that, if this is not done, there could be “another wave of lawlessness where private citizens will say ‘enough’ and take the law into their hands, against the police, and against each other”.

Like most good Capetonians who get shocked when you tell them that they, too, belong to South Africa, this was my wife’s first tentative foray into the city of gold, when she was stopped by the police at a robot in Soweto.

They pointed to a seatbelt – which she wasn’t wearing. She apologised and strapped it on immediately. Just when she thought it was over, they asked for her driver’s licence, which she didn’t have on her. One policeman sighed audibly, and pointed out that they would let her go this time, seeing she was new in town. But she had to give them some “cold drink”, supposedly as a token of appreciation of their generosity of spirit.

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