The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) notes with concern the latest statistics of Police rapes in the country. The Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s remarks in Parliament that almost 200 rape cases involving police had been investigated since April last year, with a conviction rate of 2.3% leaves little to be desired as the Police are supposed to be the first to create and guarantee a mood of safety within our communities.
We are of the view that these revelations by a minority diminish communities’ trust in the Police Service at the compromise of our many Police officers whom are dedicated to serving the people of South Africa with dignity and respect for the safety of all.
As POPCRU, we strongly condemn such acts, more so because they are allegedly committed by those directly responsible to uphold and defend the law of the country. We are for a society that respects and protects its women and children, and as members of society, we will not in any way endorse such conduct.
Our commitment to bring such members of the criminal justice system to book remains firm, and we shall not blink in bringing a complete stop to such inhumane atrocities. We will not support any Police officer who would be found to be involved in such an act.
Issued by POPCRU on 07/05/2015