- A woman was allegedly turned away from the police station by officers who refused to open a case of gender-based violence
- According to the lady, the police were reluctant to help her and allegedly told her to essentially sort the problem out herself
- She posted a video that showed part of the interaction between herself and the police officers in which she asks the police to serve her
A lady who used the Facebook name Lethabo Nontuthuko Mabena took to the social media platform to complain about police officers.
She posted a video online of when she had tried to open a case of gender-based violence only to be ignored by two female officers and one male officer on duty.
Lethabo revealed in the post that she had been harassed by a bouncer at a popular establishment. She made a slew of allegations against the police when they allegedly refused to help her.
She was told that they didn't want to speak English to her and that it was essentially her problem to sort out. The officers even allegedly accused her of being drunk.
Reactions from the public
Facebook users took to the comment section to share their views on the matter:
"The three of them should be fired."
"I know that guy, and he's a stand-up cop good man so there are two sides of the story, your approach or the way you presented your problem to him was wrong maybe he wouldn't act that way for anything".
Morategi Barbie Khobo:
"Whenever you don't get help from any police officer in any police station in South Africa, just kindly inform them that you will report them to IPID."
Vincent Ngobeni Wa Masingiri:
"Police are not allowed to turn away any victim of crime, irrespective of where the crime was committed."
Reporting a crime
According to the South African Police Service's website, reporting a crime is simple and the Community Service Centre by a police official will interview the complainant or victim and the case will be investigated.
The police have a service complaints centre where people can file a complaint which will then be investigated according to the page.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the Democratic Alliance (DA) expressed its pleasure with the firing of Western Cape SAPS detective chief Jeremy Vearey on Monday. Vearey was found guilty of misconduct last week in a leaked 14-page memorandum after making numerous posts on Facebook between 2020 and 2021.
Khehla Sitole, the national police commissioner, has since fired Veary. After a disciplinary trial presided over by Eastern Cape police commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga, the former detectives chief was found guilty of bringing SAPS into contempt.
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