IT SEEMS South African Police Service members are quickly becoming a law unto themselves even before the proposed amendments to Section 21 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which will ostensibly remove the so-called ambiguities in the law, are effected.
Judging by the rate at which incidents of police brutality are taking place it looks as if this amendment will only serve to worsen the already unacceptable levels of brutality.
These incidents of brutality only serve to further alienate the community from the police, whose reckless actions often make it difficult for the community to sympathise with them.
The recent alleged sadistic and horrific murder of a suspect, Mduduzi Floyd Gumede, by the Douglasdale police (Sowetan, December 22) left a really bad taste in the mouth.
Torturing an unarmed and defenseless man to death in a police station is unacceptable and does not require any amendment of law for the perpetrators to realise that it is grossly inhumane. In fact, it represents the lowest form of lawlessness and barbarism that no of amendment of acts and statutes can cure.
What this indicates is that our police service is teeming with lawless individuals who should not be in police uniform in the first place.
The allegations that the station commissioner told Gumede's family that he died of a heart attack smack of an entrenched culture of cover-ups within the police service that needs to be rooted out before any amendments to the law can be effective.
The law should take its course in ensuring justice for Gumede and all the others who perished at the hands of those who should have protected them .
Mlu Mzila, Pretoria