We commend the Belville Magistrates’ Court that yesterday sentenced a former police colonel to an effective 18 years behind bars. The 55-year-old officer was jailed for stealing and selling guns to gangsters on the Cape Flats. Crime in South Africa has reached such alarming proportions because bandits have made life a living nightmare for law-abiding citizens.
It is a crisis when the men and women in blue who are supposed to uphold the law and keep citizens safe are the same ones unleashing terror on the communities that look up to them for protection. It is officers like this who have contributed to South Africans losing faith in their police.
This is unfair to the many hard-working men and women in blue who, on a daily basis, risk their lives to protect citizens from vicious thugs. Communities are vital stakeholders in the fight against crime. This won’t be achieved if people have no confidence in their own police service.