The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) notes the utterances made by the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Spokesperson Quinton Ndlozi on police being “useless” as unfortunate, short-sighted and regrettable.
It is quiet deplorable that some in society still hold the view that police are useless, therefore, intentionally or unintentionally diminishing the very objective of ensuring we collectively build a strong and community-friendly police service that serves all citizens of our country.
With the crime rates in our country being high, this statement is irresponsible and does not assist in encouraging good working community-police relations for the reduction of the social ills we are confronted by.
There are today more widowed wives and orphaned children due to the many police killings that have taken place in our country. They have been and continue to be the only line between stability and anarchy by putting their lives on the line on a daily basis for the safety and security of our communities.
An overwhelming majority of Police officers remain committed to serving the people of South Africa, and it is on this basis that we encourage our communities to jointly work together with them in ensuring we rid our society of all criminal elements.
Issued by POPCRU on 22/03/2017