Police shame

When members of the police break the very law they are supposed to uphold, they not only bring the image of the South African Police Service into disrepute but also betray the public's trust.

When members of the police break the very law they are supposed to uphold, they not only bring the image of the South African Police Service into disrepute but also betray the public's trust.

Taxpayers may have been dismayed this week at having to fork out thousands of rands in damages to two men because of the rogue actions of two policemen.

A Pretoria magistrate ordered the Minister of Safety and Security to pay R120 000 - excluding legal fees - to the two men who were mauled by dogs set on them by two policemen in 2003.

That the two officers have since resigned in disgrace must serve as a lesson to others to desist from behaviour that undermines the integrity of the police force.

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