Saps 'in denial' about police brutality

Saps 'in denial' about police brutality

By Andrea van Wyk

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation on Thursday said that senior policemen are not acknowledging the seriousness of the problem of police brutality.

In the latest incident, a woman was shot and killed outside the Kempton Park Police Station on Tuesday night.

Witnesses say Jeanette Odendaal's car crashed into a police van outside the station, but reports on whether this occurred before or after the shooting are conflicting.

The centre has condemned the latest incident of alleged police brutality, saying it shows the problem is not being dealt with decisively.

The officer of National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele earlier said that the latest incidents are isolated.

However, the centre's David Bruce disagrees. He said, "For this kind of thing to be dismissed as an isolated incident reflects the fact the senior members of the South African Police Service is in some kind of denial about what's going on."

The officer who allegedly shot and killed Odendaal is expected to appear in court on Friday.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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