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Cops' tale of 'room service'

By Francis Hweshe | May 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A gripping new book about police officers has revealed that members of the service often use state vehicles for sex, describing this as "room service".

Behind the Badge - The Untold Stories of South Africa's Police Service Members by Andrew Faull, a police reservist and a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, was launched in Cape Town yesterday.

In the book officers are identified only by rank and second name for fear of victimisation.

"I saw many police propositioning suspects. When a person is arrested, they will do anything for their release because they are under duress.

"I know many cases where policemen were arrested for rape," said Inspector Ramela.

"Where women are arrested, especially for shoplifting, the policeman is then attracted to her and they start having sex in the police cells," Ramela added.

Inspector Moji told Faull that it was "easy to get sex" as a policeman in uniform.

"Most police proposition ladies when they are in uniform or in a marked police car. Ladies like uniform.

"You see a car parked at the police station during the night and then you just talk to the woman and you go to the police car," he said.

"We call it 'room service'. You do your job there. We don't do it anymore because of Aids," Moji added.

The book also reveals that officers who served the apartheid state were struggling to cope with their guilt.

Most regretted their role in enforcing discriminatory laws.


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