Atlantis residents live in fear of the police

The SAPS in the Western Cape says several officers have been arrested for various crimes committed during lockdown. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Their duty is to serve and protect but sometimes police find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

The SAPS in the Western Cape said several officers have been arrested for various crimes committed during the national lockdown.

Residents of an Atlantis informal settlement in Cape Town want the same kind of justice for the local police officers.

READ: 12 SAPS officers arrested for corruption

A victim of a shooting, Anele Lucuku said, “I am in a lot of pain because before I was shot I was part of the neighbourhood watch.

"We tried to help the community against drug dealers and criminals in the area. I spent a lot of time in hospital yet not once did an investigating officer handling my case.”

The neighbourhood watch fears police may be working in cahoots with criminals. 

The Provincial Police Commissioner said such instances should be reported.

READ: 13 Tshwane metro police officers arrested

“Any information pertaining to police corruption or us not doing our duties is really welcomed," said Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata.

"The organisation has an anti-corruption strategy to mitigate all these risks of corruption. So we in the Western Cape but I speak about other provinces as well we have an anti-corruption unit within the detective service that is investigating such allegations.”

The commissioner says more arrests should be made with the help of communities.


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