Negligent police management, poor training, disrespect for law and order, criminal members within police ranks and blatant disregard for internal disciplinary procedures are the chief causes behind the scourge of police brutality gripping South Africa. With 2 462 criminal complaints laid against the police in the 2016/17 administration year and the coming
under increased pressure following the murder of service delivery protesters across South Africa, criminologists and the ICD report that urgent action needs to be taken to resolve the crisis. Of the deaths through police action, 22 percent occurred during the commission of crimes, four percent during escapes, 10 percent during investigations, 46 percent during arrests while 2 percent of those killed were innocent bystanders. According to Alex Ramothole (29) from Damonsville who is a victim of police brutality, it is clear that police management does not know what is going on. Alex appearred at Brits Magistrates court on the 24th of August 2017, for malicious damage to property and trespassing. He says on the night of the 10th of July 2017 he was arrested & assaulted by the police who left him with serious injuries on his right cheeck and the back of his shoulders and that proofs there is a clear absence of understanding from police leadership on how to deal with the use of force. Ranked officials has to take responsibility for the negligence of their employees. Alex alleged and questioned if “the police’s solution for dealing with crime was the use of violence such as extra-judicial executions of alleged cop killers”? This leads to serious fatal police violence with reports of torture and assaults on the
increase, even as police killings are on the decrease. The number of people killed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) is recorded in the annual report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). There are questions about accuracy. It’s not clear if this includes lethal force used by Metro cops. Also, the killings are divided between deaths in police custody and deaths as a result of police action.