Victim feels badly treated by police

A Shamed Government Employee writes:

Kempton Park SAPS is sadly lacking.

I went there to open an assault charge against a family member. Instead of assisting us, the police officer on duty explained they would be unable to arrest her and that we should go to court to get a protection order.

Good, no problem. I don’t want her arrested. I want a record of what she has done as we are trying to get her hospitalised.

They then responded that they wouldn’t open the docket. We were the only people in the police office. Also, they were totally rude and condescending.

If I as a young woman who has been assaulted cannot rely on the police to respond with some sympathy, how will a young teenager who has been raped be treated?

It is totally unacceptable and I feel sorry for anyone dealing with this station. I am a state employee (teacher) and it is people like this that give us all a bad reputation.

Capt Jethro Mthsali, Kempton Park SAPS spokesperson, replies:

In response to the allegation, one needs to apologise for the alleged treatment your reader has gone through, as it is the duty of every member of the police to treat every victim of crime with respect and dignity.

It is enshrined in our code of conduct and the Constitution.

The police will not condone such behaviour, and appeal that whenever such an incident occurs, the client identifies the member. It is standard procedure for members to have a name tag on their uniform.

Any senior officer can also be asked to intervene, or alternatively lodge a formal complaint with the station commander, who will then institute a disciplinary inquiry.

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Kempton Express

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