THE HORROR OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE: 40 000 Have No Firearm Competency Certificates – The Rot Within

SOUTH AFRICA  today is a country on the verge of a controversial apocalypse. With tons of evidence of so-called “politicians”and heads of state parastatals that occupy positions they are not qualified for, as well as ANC communist “brothers” that faked their tertiary education credentials, South Africa are cursed with communist 3rd world decision makers that rather belong in an asylum  than in a defense or security capacity.

With an army that would not even be able to protect it’s citizens from an invasion of fluffy toys from Walt Disney , an air force that has placed most of its fighter planes in mothballs due to incompetent cader shortages capable of flying or repairing them, and a navy with a fleet of ships and submarines that are rusting in the dry-docks with commanders that reason warships are there or hunting sharks rather than to protect our coastlines, we have a Police Force that does not only are form the nucleus of a national crime syndicate on its own. but are a downright potentially hazard to both the public and themselves.

In a recent revelation as many as 40,000  operational members of the SAPS have failed or do not have firearm competency certificates. This is according to DA Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, who was reacting to the news that 61 police officers have died in South Africa thus far in 2015. According to the SAPS’ latest annual report (to March 2014), the police service had a total workforce of 194,852 people. This is made up of 36,304 employees in administration; 103,746 police officers engaged in visible policing; 39,748 detectives; 8,723 crime intelligence officers; and 6,331 protection and security officers.

“It is a tough job, and today our officers are paying with their lives,” Kohler Barnard said. “What our citizens don’t understand is that the overwhelming majority of our police are fine, upstanding, honest, fair men and women.” The DA shadow minister said that it was difficult for many to feel empathy because a third of civilians are scared of the police. “They run away from them, not to them if there is trouble. If they are stopped at a roadblock they expect to be robbed; if they are pulled aside they expect to be manhandled, arrested on non-existent charges, thrown into a van, taken on a terrifying joyride, thrown in a filthy cell and released without charge the next day. They expect to be raped.” It was found a year ago in a startling revelation  that more than 1000 convicted criminals also were employed in the South African Police Force.

The DA noted that nearly half of South Africans feel there is no point in reporting a crime. “Because they do not trust our Police.  It is truly a Broken Blue Line,” Kohler Barnard said. “It’s been broken by cadre deployment.”  The DA also alluded to outdated ‘heavily massaged’, crime statistics, that carry no moral authority. “Being a Police Officer in South Africa is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.  In Canada, three Police Officers are killed each year. A Police Officer here is five times more likely to be killed on-duty than is their counterpart in the United States. “In South Africa the count stayed above 200 per annum until fairly recently.  Thankfully the annual total has dropped but is now on the increase again with, as of yesterday another two murdered, so 61 of our officers have been killed thus far this year with nearly four months to go,” Kohler Barnard said.

We ask ourselves, Why?

The DA said that the murder rate dropped after 2003 from 48 per day down over the years to an all-time low of 42 in 2012 when 15,609 people were murdered. Today, however, it has risen again up to 47 a day. The DA said that every effort must be made to bring down the death rates of South Africa’s Policemen and Women. “Yes, they are targets, in and out of uniform; yes, they sometimes carry a firearm never fired from the time they graduated from the Training Academy; yes, training has failed them as refresher courses may only be done with two or three members per station each year.” Kohler Barnard said that the sad reality is that up to 40,000 operational members have failed or do not have firearm competency certificates. “When it hit 20,000 it was in a leaked report from horrified SAPS members; then it hit 30 000 and we were given nothing but excuses, and now it’s 40,000.” The shadow minister said that most Police services globally require operational members to requalify in firearm competency twice a year. “Here it is becoming the norm for armed officers not to have a competency certificate – which means there are Police breaking the law.” “Every possible resource must be utilised to stop these killings.  Because Police Lives Matter.”

Looking at this video insert below- one can fully understand as to why most of these so-called South African police officers have no competency certificates.


According to a 2015 anti-bribery and corruption survey conducted by law firm ENSafrica, incidents of bribery have increased in Africa, with South Africa, Nigeria, and six other countries cited as “corruption hot spots”. Video footage emerged in SA, showing Greg Esterhuysen rejecting an attempted bribe solicitation by a JMPD officer on Christmas day 2014, which led to his subsequent arrest. The video footage, captured by Esterhuysen, and posted on YouTube, went viral in January 2015. (Link) 

BUT then we ask ourselves as to WHY these police officers employed are so incompetent to even handle a firearm? Why so much bribery? To find the source of this degradation in a once superb Police Force that was rated among the best in the world pre-1994, one has to go to the core of the problem:


SINCE the incompetent communist cadre invasion into our Parliament and Legislature in 1994, umpteen corruption scandals has rocked the South African economy. Jacob Zuma is  maybe the most discussed and well-known example of this total collapse in honesty, BUT more than 200 cases of high-profile corruption cases have so far been reported by the media. AND this is only the tip of the iceberg. The ANC has cultivated a culture of corruption whereby only a certain “elite” is  gaining from the profits derived through corrupt deals and appointments. Looking at the Police Force per se, about all it’s so-called Police Commissioners were found guilty of  corruption or have been investigated in one-or-other way. This includes  Jackie Selebi, Bheki Cele,  Nhlanhla  Mkhwanazi and Riah Phiyega. THUS, can one then blame the cadres, the ones following instructions from the top on ground level  not to venture into this dark world of racketeering , drug smuggling, gun-running and bribery as well?  The real problem facing the Police Force today  is the appointments of ANC “brothers” and “sisters”  who have no background or any credentials in Policing, but rather on “brotherhood “ ANC affiliation , as most of the ANC cabinet ministers, MEC’s and Heads of Parastatal appointments also are .


The national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was later released on medical grounds after serving just 229 days of his sentence. It was on Selebi’s orders that the police’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) was shut down, just seven years after it had begun its work. Between 1996 – when it was established – and 2001, the unit received 20,779 allegations of Police corruption. Between 1995 and 1999, an average of 1,320 Police was convicted each year on criminal charges. Crime researcher Andrew Faull stated in a paper evaluating the Police’s response to corruption that “[s]ince disbanding the ACU in 2002, the SAPS has struggled to settle on and implement an anti-corruption strategy. Numerous indicators suggest a lack of political will on the part of the SAPS and Government as a whole in taking steps to counter Police corruption”. According to one study, the closure of the ACU “was a step backwards for the SAPS in terms of combating corruption and resulted in a reduction in the numbers of arrests and convictions of Police Officials involved in corruption”. Since the downfall of Selebi, the floodgates and avalanche of corrupt Police Commissioners followed. The scandals continued after Selebi. His successor, Bheki Cele, was suspended and eventually fired by  Jacob Zuma in 2012 over allegations of unlawful property deals. He has not been charged with a crime.


Johan Burger, a former high-ranking Officer who is now a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, accused the ANC of appointing Police Commissioners on the basis of allegiance to the party, rather than their ability to fight crime. “Part of the problem was the need to transform; it came at a price. They decided the only way they could control the Police was to appoint someone from the ranks of the ruling party rather than the Police itself. “It’s wasn’t even about race: there were some very talented and experienced Black and Coloured Police officers, but they chose to appoint someone from the governing party. Once you appoint them, then they make similarly poor appointments.”


South Africa better take note that business people in the US and the UK are starting to see Zimbabwe as more attractive for investments than South Africa, which is getting a more corrupt image, according to Forensics Specialist, Dave Loxton. of the legal firm ENSafrica. South Africa has lost R700 billion to corruption over the last 20 years, the Institute of Internal Auditors said on Wednesday“The cost of corruption in the last 20 year……. we have lost R700bn,” CEO. Claudelle von Eck said at the launch of the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum in Johannesburg. Von Eck, who is the Forum’s Chairwoman, said people who tried to report corruption were often muzzled. “Members are being intimidated when they try and raise the issue of corruption in an organisation.(Link) 

Two-thirds of South Africans believe the most corrupt Government Officials are in the National Police Service.(Link) 

A secondary set of reasons mentioned by close to a third of South Africans include :

  • Lack of adequate punishment by the judicial system (33%),
  • Lack of transparency in public spending (30%),
  • Close links between business and politics (29%),
  • The societal acceptance of corruption as part of daily life (28%)

Western Cape premier and former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille says that Government wants to turn “empowerment” into legalized corruption under new Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations. The Premier launched a weekly newsletter called Inside Government earlier in July and has published a new blog slating the proposed legislation, which she says will collapse the economy.(Link)  At the moment the hapless public are exposed to be caught in the middle of a very unhealthy environment between violent criminals in the streets killing, robbing, hijacking and murdering them, and a corrupt Government that are busy impoverishing them through corrupt and in some cases racist ” laws” such as BEEE, and corrupt ” brotherhood “ activities and a Police Force that are more involved in criminal activities than in protecting it’s citizens.

The South African Police Service recently admitted that hundreds of serving police officers are convicted criminals. The figures are shocking, but they fail to reveal the full extent of criminality in the police. In a 2013 survey,  it was found the South African Police Service revealed that a “protracted” and “thorough” audit of the Police’s ranks had found that 1,448 serving Police Officers were convicted criminals. Lieutenant-General, Nkrumah Mazibuk, – the Acting Deputy National Commissioner for Human Resource Management,  told the country’s Parliament at the time that action would be taken within a year to clean out the Police’s ranks. Pressured by MPs for a timeframe, he offered a “temporary date” of June 2014 for the Police’s fitness boards to finish evaluating all the cases.

That hasn’t happened. According to a  report in the Afrikaans daily newspaper, Die Burger, South Africa’s then Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, said  in response to questions from the opposition Democratic Alliance, that all 1,448 police are still on active duty. According to Nhleko, the Labour Court ruled  that the work of  the fitness boards was illegal, invalid and without any legal force. This followed the legal action by the Police Union Popcru. (Link) 

Between 1998 and 2012, at least 21,785 criminal cases involving the Police Officers were reported to South Africa’s Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), a civilian oversight structure recently re-named the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). This excludes cases involving deaths in Police custody, or as a result of Police action, and cases of misconduct. According to the ICD’s annual reports, more than 2,000 serious criminal cases involving Police were reported to it every year since 2007. In the 2011/2012 financial year, for instance, it received 2,320 new criminal cases to investigate and closed 1,176 including cases that had been carried over from the previous year. Only 204, or just over 17%, of the 1,176 cases, could be “substantiated”. Eighty cases were withdrawn and 892 were found to be “unsubstantiated”. (Link)  

UNFORTUNATELY, the IPD is ALSO headed  by no other than Robert McBride,– the notorious Mangoo’s Bar bomb planter, terrorist, and another confidant of Jacob Zuma. 

Gareth Newham, Head of the Governance, Crime and Justice Division at South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies,  says there is an urgent need for “strong and effective” civilian oversight of the Police. He cites the following concerns which suggest that the level of criminality is far higher than demonstrated by the Police’s internal audit:

  • The ICD investigated 720 deaths involving Police in the 2011/2012 financial year. It found evidence of criminality in 162 cases (22%)
  • In 2011/2012, Police charged 1,050 of their members with corruption, fraud, aiding escapees, defeating the ends of justice, extortion and bribery. According to the Police’s annual report, only 88 of those Police Officers were suspended pending the outcome of investigations. Police also investigated 1,286 cases of corruption involving their members.
  • According to a South African social attitude survey published in 2011 by the Human Sciences Research Council, about 66% of the adult population of South Africa believe that corruption is a widespread problem in the Police and only 41% have some level of trust in the Police.
  • A survey conducted by ‘future fact’ in 2012 found that 35% of South Africans interviewed admitted to being “scared of the Police”. In poorer communities this increased to 40%.

SOUTH AFRICA is at the peril, not only from the criminals on our streets but from its OWN Police Force itself. UNFORTUNATELY,  as long as Zuma and his ilk are in control of the country and the security services, we must brace ourselves for more corruption and appointments of ill-competent cadres in our police services, which ostensibly will lead to more violent criminals ruling our streets.

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