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- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Eblock-watch recently launched the “Police the Police” campaign – in which their members phone in at a specific number from which all their conversations with police officers can be recorded via their cellphones...
The need for this service was highlighted once again by the high-profile arrest of Afrikaner rugby-player Bees Roux, (described below), allegedly for ‘murdering’ Pretoria metrocop Nthsimane Mohale. Evidence now comes to light that Bees Roux was a victim of a blackmail scam: he was pulled over for ‘drunk-driving’ but instead, was pulled over to be robbed. Roux’s credit card was used at a McDonalds outlet some thirty to sixty minutes after the rugbyplayer had been booked in, arrested at Sunnyside police station.
- Roux’s credit card was used at a McDonalds outlet by an unknown person some 30 – 60 minutes after the Afrikaner rugbyplayer was already in SAPS custody…
August 31 2010. PRETORIA Magistrate’s Court. Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, may have been defending himself from an armed robbery instead – according to testimony during his bail application. He was granted R100,000 bail and ordered to appear in the same court on 15 October.
“Die Beeld” newspaper writes that the arrested Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux's credit card was used by an unknown person at a McDonald’s outlet – at least 30 to 60 minutes after he was already officially booked in by the SAPS and placed in custody.
“This leaves urgent questions unanswered about the circumstances in which metropoliceman Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mohale, 38, was allegedly beaten to death,” reports Beeld.
Roux paid R100,000 bail and was released on Friday after the death of Mohale. His legal counsel Rudi Krause told the Pretoria magistrate's court at the bail-application hearing that Roux's credit-card was used at 02:31 at a McDonalds - between 30 to 60 minutes after he was already placed in police custody.
USUAL RACE CARD PLAYED BY DEMONSTRATORS:
Picture: some 40 demonstrators protested outside the court room against Roux’s bail – playing the race-card. The evidence at the bail application showed that Roux may however have been targetted for a robbery instead…
Investigating officer SAPS sergeant Patrick Mafanel also testified that the 'circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear'. "We know that Mohale was on duty with two colleagues and pulled over Roux on the corner of Schoeman- and Festival Street, claiming he was drunk,' testified Mafanel.
(Note: It is a legal requirement that before a person can be arrested for drunk-driving, they must be breathalysed at the road-block.)
- Mafanel: "Mohale told his colleagues at the roadblock that he would drive Roux's car 'because Roux was drunk'. However we don't know why his colleagues then did not follow him, and why they didn't see the assault either.'
The defence council submitted to the court that there are 'many unanswered questions about the incident.' "Why didn't Mohale's colleagues follow him and arrest Roux for drunk-driving?" "Why did Mohale drive in the opposite direction of the nearest police stations - Brooklyn and Sunnyside? - but drove towards Roux's house instead?
Mafanel also testified that Mohale's two colleagues did not submit any statements after the 'incident' because they didn't actually see what had happened.
Roux also said in a statement read out by his defence council that the 'was not a flight risk, that he has thus far done everything in his power to assist the SAPS with their investigation: and "I have no desire to live like a fugitive…’ His council said Roux would plead not guilty to the charge of 'murder' and submitted that Roux was a tax-paying citizen with a permanent address, and earning R850,000 a year.
Chief-magistrate Desmond Nair, who also commented that the 'circumstances were strange,' granted R100,000 bail, which was paid and Roux was released.
‘You fng dog – I will get your mother…’
Pictures: Roux’s mother threatened: The dead metro-cop's brother Richard Taukobong (48) right, reportedly snarled at Roux inside the courtroom: "You f...ng dog.. I will get your mother!” (picture left: Roux’s parents at the bail hearing).
Emotions ran high inside and outside the courtroom, with some 40 demonstrators holding up placards opposing bail, and 50 metro-cops inside and outside the court room. After lunch the SAPS tactical-reaction unit entered the courtroom to maintain the peace and protect the family and friends of the accused man. Roux's parents Phillip and Yvonne and his girlfriend Ms Carien du Toit also attended the proceedings. A Facebook page supporting Roux has been launched by his friends.
The family have declined to speak to the news media at the moment as the case is sub-judice. Roux's sports-agent James Adams told the media after he was granted bail that the rugby-player wanted to thank his friends, family and legal council for 'helping him through this difficult time'.
The legal rules for cops arresting a drunk-driving suspect:
Die Burger obtained information about the usual procedures for the metropolitican police (in the Western Cape) when arresting someone for 'drunk-driving' is to take them to the nearest police station inside an official police vehicle – but not before it has been confirmed with a blood-alcohol test that the person was actually above the legal limit. Metropolice spokesman Nowellen Petersen said 'no member of the SAPS or the metropolice can take any arrested person inside that person's own vehicle to a police station.' Moreover, that arrested person's blood-alcohol levels have to be tested first on the scene before the arrest. "If there is a passenger in the vehicle with a legal driver's licence and whose blood-alcohol-levels are beneath the legal limit, the passenger would be allowed to drive the vehicle instead. "The person who was arrested can also contact someone else to come and fetch the vehicle. Only if there is no-one else available to remove the vehicle from the road-block, a member of the traffic police or the SAPS can drive the car to the nearest police-station, where it will be booked in, and its keys put in a safe until someone fetches the car.' http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Wiet-sy-kaart-gehad-20100830
Eblockwatch launches Police the Police campaign –
- Look out for rogue-metrocops … what happened to Bees Roux?
“What happened to Bees Roux is no surprise. It was around pay day, after midnight and near a night club or drinking hole... I always warn my kids (they still behave like kids even though they in their twenties) to watch out for rogue-Metro cops especially on the first Friday night after payday…
The local drinking spot on Main Road puts up tabletalkers (little triangular card board billboard...thingies) warning revellers what to do when flagged down by rogue or corrupt police waiting for them to leave.
- They tell them to use eblockwatch’s Police the Police number found on www.eblockwatch.co.za to protect themselves from rogue cops…It is a joke really because they are never outside any other night -- only on Fridays and paydays.
Another interesting observation is that most motorists are pulled over after twelve at night. Coincidence? Or is it that a new daily limit of a R1,000 notes becomes available after twelve at ATM’s?
Another interesting observation is that considering the amount of people drinking shooters till late at night, very few end up in police cells on a Saturday morning.
- Is this because the time it actually takes to make an arrest, then to drive to have blood samples taken, and then to drive back to the police station and fill out a docket, might take corrupt officers away from a lucrative income for too long?
Why is it that we know of so many people who pay bribes to the cops and we never hear of police arrested for taking bribes?
- Is it because corrupt police officers pay off senior officer to operate their turf? Have you observed the same police officers standing beat at the same corners day after day? Is that their turf like the beggars at the robots and car guards at shopping centres? Are they all paying someone further up the food chain? These are observations but they are worth investigating…
“Has Bees Roux “taken the bullet” for all those guilty of paying bribes and has Pretoria/Tshwane Metro Police officer Sgt Ntshimane Mohale paid the ultimate price for all those crooked cops who are on the take?
In response to a rising number of reported incidents about bogus cops and police abusing their power Eblockwatch has launched the “Police the Police” campaign.
- FREE to all registered eblockwatch members - please ensure that your 4-support member details are correct in the system (especially their email addresses!). Please note that normal cell phone rates apply for the call.
Conversations between cops and eblockwatch-members are recorded:
All members please save the number 0822360003 to your contacts. If you are pulled over by the police please dial this number, the conversation between you and the police is recorded and saved on our server. We ask that you try to provide as much detail as possible during the conversation:
- Describe the police car (make, model, colour, the number painted on the side of the car along with the registration number)
- Ask the police person for their name and badge number
- Mention the number of police officers
- Make it clear to the officer that you have just made a call to your friend to tell them where you are etc
- Describe your location and surroundings
Try to let the phone remain in a position where the conversation can be recorded. When you hang up, a link to the voice recording is sent in an email to your four support members. An additional benefit for our members with the panic button service is that we immediately send an sms notification to them to check their email for your voice recording.
A note about the length of the call: as many people have been testing the service by simply dialling in and then hanging up we have set the system to only send out the email with the link to the recording if the call was longer than 5 seconds. This is to cut down on false alarm situations.
The purpose of this service is:
- To have evidence of the bogus cop or cop abusing their power
- To have your 4-support members get the details of your situation via the recording
The mere fact that the police officer is aware of being recorded will enoucourage the correct behaviour
The eblockwatch team http://www.eblockwatch.co.za
31 August 2010 12:25 Afrikaner cultural leader Anton Barnard writes on the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG) website:
“There’s a big snake in the grass about the alleged (deadly) attack against a metro-policeman by the Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux. For those who are unaware of this, Schoeman Street in Pretoria is a one-way street running West to East in the centre of Pretoria. (map below). He was allegedly arrested for drunk-driving in a road block on Schoeman (and Festival) Street.
The alleged deadly assault against the metropolitan police officer took place a few blocks further down --on the corner of Richard- and Schoeman Streets.
A major traffic artery, Duncan Road, crossing nearby would have been the obvious route to turn right to reach the nearest police station. If you turn right from Schoeman Street into Duncan and take another right you reach the Brooklyn police staton – the nearest one to the alleged drunk-driving offence.
To reach the Sunnyside police station – where Roux eventually was put in SAPS custody - you have to turn left from Schoeman and left again in Pretorius Street to return back to town.
According to the police rules which govern arrest procedures, they have to take you to the nearest police station, ( i.e. in this case Brooklyn or Sunnyside) or to the nearest SAPS blood-testing station to obtain blood-alcohol-testing levels – which is in Pretoria city-centre.
However Schoeman Street does not take you there – it leads you to the N4 highway and Pretoria East.
Roux however lives in that direction. The metropolitan police claims in their statements to the media that their official was enroute with the ‘drunken Roux’ to ‘take him home’.
- This is in fact an outright acknowledgement that something illicit was taking place – because the police rules are that he should have been taken to the nearest police station -- after they established his blood-alcohol levels.
- What policemen are not ever allowed to do is to merely drive a drunk home.
So exactly where was that metropolitian police officer taking to Roux instead? Did he perhaps instead want to take him to the nearest bank to ‘collect a bribe’? Just after passing Richard Street and while travelling on Schoeman Street, there is a shopping centre with a few cash-machines.
And what happened to the other two colleagues of the metropolitan policeman during this process? They claimed that they didn’t witness the (assault) incident – one can therefore presume that they weren’t following Roux ‘s car being driven away by the metropolitan police officer...
Even more damning is the fact (as stated in the bail application) that Roux’s credit card was used at a fast-food outlet when he himself was already in custody at the SAPS Sunnyside station. Did the dead metropolitan police officers buddies ‘transform’ Roux’s credit card and make purchases with it?
- If true, talk about unfeeling: your mate just died but you go and celebrate with a barrel of fast-food… Given the already very poor reputation of the metropolitan police force as far as corruption and criminality within its own rank is concerned, this would not surprise me. A huge number of these metrocops merely are criminals on blue-light motorbikes…
However despite the highly suspect circumstances of these events, the anti-white prejudice against Roux, a South African citizen, already is clearly evident: a Zimbabwean suspected of the (gruesome slaughter) of Eugene Terre’Blanche, and which suspect was acknowledged in court as a high-risk prisoner who would flee the country, was released on a mere R5,000 bail.
Roux on the other hand, a South African citizen, had to pay R100,000 bail.