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Murky symbiosis of dirty cop and gangster - Liza Grobler:
http://www.m.iol.co.za/article/view/s/81/a/264597 and http://www.allzanews.com/2012/07/25/researcher-officials-knew-about-corrupt-cops/
A three-year study for a doctoral thesis by a city criminologist has revealed the relationship between corrupt cops and gang members which enables gang warfare – but though researcher Liza Grobler’s findings have been sent to politicians and heads of police, no action has been taken.
Above: The SAPS are feral” warned the SA Institute for Race Relations in a hard-hitting warning in its February 2011 research document “ The Broken Blue Line, the involvement of the SAPS in serious and violent crime in South Africa ‘
In a section titled “The murky symbiosis of dirty cop and gangster”, Liza Grobler’s study found:
* Police members are known to steal drugs from court exhibits and act as couriers by using police vehicles to transport drugs for dealers.
* Corrupt members do route clearance with their private cars, acting as “spotters” for gangs, driving in front of and behind a car carrying a shipment of drugs. If they see a police vehicle they inform the car carrying the drugs to divert.
* Police members resell confiscated drugs, often outside their area. For example, they sell drugs from Hanover Park to merchants in Grassy Park.
These findings were part of Grobler’s PhD thesis, “A criminological examination of police criminality”, published in 2006. Grobler interviewed police detectives, members of organised crime, police legal services, and branch commanders.
One police officer quoted in her report said corruption was common. He said there was a “big drug dealer” in Hanover Park who had police connections at a station Grobler describes as “station X”. “When people had bought a lot of drugs from him, he phones these members and tells them what cars they are driving and that they have just bought such and such. The police officers stop the cars, take the drugs and sell them back to the merchant who alerted them.
“I was with these cops when they did this – it was common,” he told Grobler.
The Cape Times has decided not to reveal the name of the police station, pending comment from the police.
Grobler sent her 2006 report to then-community safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane and successor Lennit Max and to Mzwandile Petros…
In 2006 Grobler sent the report to then Community Safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane and his successor Lennit Max. It was also sent to former Western Cape police commissioner Mzwandile Petros.
In February, Grobler sent her findings to Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Other than an acknowledgement of receipt of the report, there was no communication about her study, she said. Police bosses were not “facing up to police criminality”, she said.
- “I never heard from them, not even to hear where Station X is or to appeal for more research. Their whole attitude was extremely strange and they didn’t seem to be interested in scratching it open and healing it,” Grobler said.
Other sources for her research included police researchers from the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Institute for Security Studies, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the National Prosecuting Authority. Grobler also spoke to the head of the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau and the director of investigations for the Independent Police Complaints Commission in London.
The study also revealed:
* Some corrupt members do illegal search and seizure operations to obtain drugs, not to arrest individuals for possession or dealing, but to use the drugs themselves or to offer them for sale to drug lords. * SAPS estimates that only 5 percent of the market value of drugs is ever confiscated.
* Corrupt police members would make firearms disappear from evidence stores. These were sold to gangsters.
* Helping gangsters get firearm licences was also common practice.
* Another common type of “assistance” offered to gangsters was selling them classified information, dockets, information from dockets (such as the names of witnesses) and making dockets “disappear”.
Greg Wagner, spokesman for Plato, confirmed that chapters of the study had been sent to the MEC this year.
- Minister Plato receives many reports from NGOs, civil society organisations, state entities and members of the public, and reads the reports as a way to gain further knowledge of the criminal justice system and related environments. External research documents are also considered when drafting our own documents, for example when drafting the Community Safety Bill, published earlier this year for public comment.”
Wagner said Grobler’s study “identifies numerous systemic problems within the police, many of which fall under the direct control of SAPS management. The department through the Community Safety Bill is trying to improve oversight over the police to identify and improve on this kind of systemic problem. “The department conducts numerous research projects throughout the year. We also receive and monitor reports from various NGOs such as the ISS, universities, state entities, as well as complaints and suggestions from the public.”
Asked about action taken against members accused of corruption, Wagner reported:
* During 2010/11, 485 cases of misconduct by police officers in the Western Cape were reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.
* In the same period, 438 cases of criminal conduct by police officers in the province were reported to IPID.
* IPID received 5 869 complaints in the 2010/11 year. Gauteng and the Western Cape received the largest number of complaints.
Weldon Cameron, spokesman for the Hanover Park Community Policing Forum, said: “These accusations come from the community but there must be proof so we can do something about it. Police management will also say they know about these allegations, but if people cannot come with hard proof then they remain allegations.”
Jacques Sibomana, spokesman for the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro), said: “It’s not the first time we’ve heard about these allegations, especially police tipping off drug lords about raids. These relationships are the cause of the huge lack of trust in police in the communities affected by gangs and drugs. The community needs to know that police are cleaning up their house.”
Grobler added: “We need to do something about this problem, it is a major weakness and we need to deal with it. Community Safety needs to face up to this and look into (it) properly.” email@example.com Cape Times
White security agents ‘set up and infiltrated agent-provocateurs in the sonamed Boeremag’ to create faked-up rightwing threat to ANC-regime" to get their hands on lavish government slush-funds:
Kidnapped Afrikaans pupil Louise De Waal was alive when torched: evidence
2012-07-25 Alberton High Court - Murdered teenager Louise de Waal was alive when she was set alight, the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court in Alberton, has heard. On trial is an Afrikaans-speaking, blue-eyed coloured man, Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the 'Sunday Rapist' by the SA news media.
Forensic specialist Gina Rowe: “It would have been an indication of life’
The 36-year-old man, who brought a bible with him in the courtroom, pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him on Monday, July 24 2012.
Forensic specialist Gina Rowe testified that soot and blood-stained froth were found when she examined De Waal’s trachea and bronchi.“It was inhaled into her lungs,” she said. Judge Sida Kolbe asked if De Waal was alive for this to happen, to which Rowe answered: “It would have been an indication of life.”
Louise's mother Shereen gasped “Oh, my God“, putting her hands over her mouth. Rowe said there was not a lot of soot in her trachea, and therefore it was possible she had been unconscious. Rowe explained the graphic findings of the post mortem, including De Waal’s badly burnt scalp and protruding tongue. Her left foot was burnt off her body and the soft tissue was burnt off her lower legs.Her carbon monoxide levels were at 9.8%, which Rowe said was high. “I would expect lower levels (because she was burnt outside).” CityPress
Clutching bible in court: Steyn is accused of kidnapping and murdering two Afrikaans pupils: Louise De Waal and Lazanne Farmer, 14.
2010-09-06 Pretoria – Fourteen-year-old Pretoria-West Afrikaans high-school girl Lazanne Farmer broke her neck and died when she jumped out of the moving bakkie of a ‘wigged’ gunman who had kidnapped her and her 16-year-old friend.The kidnapper drove on, raped the older girl, shredded her clothes and dumped her at the roadside. He was described as having a ‘wrinkled face, blue eyes and wearing a wig’. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Girl-breaks-neck-fleeing-kidnapper-20100906
Eleven counts of rape
He is also charged with 11 counts of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, one of attempted kidnapping and two of assault. The eleven girls he allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were all between 11 and 18 years old.
.Yesterday, the court heard that an identikit compiled by a friend of De Waal’s led to Steyn’s arrest. Police Warrant Officer Riaan Jooste testified that he received a call on October 17, the day De Waal was murdered, from a woman who wanted to remain anonymous. Jooste narrowed the list down to 17 possible suspects, searched police files and found Steyn in the system because he had previously laid a complaint against someone else.This led Warrant Officer Danie Pieterse to search for a silver bakkie at Steyn’s house, which he found.He could not enter the property because the gate was locked.During a break in proceedings, De Waal’s mother Shereen told Steyn to look at her, but the unresponsive Steyn kept his head down throughout the day, a Bible beside him, making notes.
The horrific massacre of the three-member Portuguese-South African Viana family:
The four black South African males smiled in court while admitting to killing the white South African Portuguese Viana family; gangraping 42-year-old Geraldine Viana, before murdering the entire family. They killed twelve-year-old Amaro by drowning the bound-up Portuguese-South African child in a bath with boiling water. They also tortured to death – disemboweled - the family dog . They also admitted that it was a revenge-killing. They felt ‘entitled’ to carry out such an atrocity against one of the men’s employers. This black-racist atrocity targetting a white family has thus far been ignored by the English-language news media, Praag reported
Massacred were 12-year-old Amaro Jose Viana, his mother Geraldine (42) and father Tony (53).
Vereeniging Regional Court, South Africa. July 25 2012 Three of the four black males who admitted to the massacre of the Viana family in Walkerville were from left to right Sipho Mbele 21, Sphiwe David Motaung 20, Petrus Radebe 24. The fourth male, a minor, is the son of the family’s gardener Petrus Radebe.
Two of the young black males also admitted that they had gagged the crying twelve-year-old white child – and then ‘drowned him in a bath filled with boiling water’. The men admitted their guilt to the murders with smiles as they appeared in the Vereeniging regional court, reports the Johannesburg Afrikaans daily, Beeld.
PRAAG notes that ‘In a typical South African black-on-white atrocity, the boy and his entire family were massacred on 1 October 2011 in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg. The Portuguese-South African family were killed in an attack by the family’s gardener Petrus Radebe (24), Sipho Mbele (21) and Sphiwe David Motaung (20). A fourth black person, a minor whose name was not published and apparently is the son of Petrus Radebe, also participated in the attack. All four admitted their guilt on all charges against them.”
According to the accused, “we mutually raped Geraldine Viana”. Sipho Mbele raped her first while Petrus Radebe helped to restrain her by standing on her face. Afterwards Radebe raped her too.
Beeld reports that Charmaine Castleman, an attorney appearing for the accused, read a statement in court explaining that “the three men burgled the Viana residence to rob them of their possessions and “to get Geraldine Viana back” for the way she had treated them.”
The white family’s dog apparently barked tremendously during the burglary. The animal was tortured to death by disembowelling him. According to Beeld’s court reporter, 12-year-old Amaro’s dad Tony Viana first arrived at the burgled home. The three black men were waiting in ambush: attacking him him from behind with a machete and a golf club, after which he was forced to unlock the family safe. He was then tied up. The boy and his mother arrived later and were tied up in separate rooms.
Horrific gang-rape of Mrs Geraldine Viana: her son was drowned in boiling water:
Then the raping started. One man put his feet on her face to restrain her, and when Radebe and Mbele had finished raping Geraldine, Mbele placed a cushion over her face to muffle her screams and shot her with a pistol obtained from her husband. The accused stated: “Afterwards Sipho took the gun and shot Tony in the head.” Mbele and Radebe then went to Amaro’s room and claimed they ‘realised that the boy would be able to recognise them.” “We went to the bathroom and turned on the tap. We went to fetch him and gagged him because he was crying. We forced him into the bath face down, knowing that he would drown.”
From forensic evidence tendered in court, it was clear that the boy was held down in boiling water. The exact cause of his death has however not yet been determined by state pathologists. The boy’s hands and feet were tied.
According to Beeld, “Mbele and Radebe admitted guilt on charges of burglary with the intent to steal, robbery with aggravating circumstances, the possession of an unlicensed firearm, the illegal possession of ammunition and intentional damage to goods.”
PRAAG writes; “The accused will be sentenced on 6 September 2012 in the Vereeniging Regional Court. As the death penalty was abolished in South Africa, they will probably get lengthy prison sentences but could be out on parole within five to ten years. The vast majority of South Africans, black and white, support the reinstatement of the death penalty, but the liberal Constitutional Court has stated that it would be unconstitutional. The ruling ANC and liberal opposition DA are also opposed to the death penalty.
A search of South African newswires in English for this story has returned an empty result. Until now, only Beeld has reported on the court appearance of the three murderers – in Afrikaans, which is only spoken in South Africa, although easily comprehensible to Dutch-speakers.” also on http://www.beeld.com and ‘Afrikaans’ section of http://www.news24.com