Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
As the law now stands you have the right to make a phone call at a police station, but only if you are a criminal. Victims of crime do not seem to count for anything.
Readers might recall the upsetting experience of a woman who was a victim of a smash and grab on the Rivonia off-ramp a few months ago. Her handbag was stolen and she also sustained a severe cut to her arm.
When she went to the local police station in Sandton to report the crime she asked to use the phone so that she could contact her family but her request was denied.
The police officers behind the counter did not care that they had a traumatised victim on their hands.
The Gauteng MEC for community safety can't even assist her - nor can any disciplinary action be taken against these officers because the law states that a suspect should be allowed to make a call, but it is silent on the rights of victims.
This state of affairs is totally unacceptable and needs to be rectified immediately.
Since you cannot rely on cops at police stations to help you when you are a victim of crime, I have the following suggestion.
Lock your cellphone in the boot of your car - or buy a phone card and stick it somewhere out of sight, so that you don't have to rely on the non-existent kindness of the very people you pay to protect you.
John Moodey, DA spokesman on community safety