“The increasing number of incidents in which the police is involved -such as the one in which a woman who suffers from epilepsy was charged with drunk driving – raises fears that South Africa is increasingly becoming a police state where poorly trained police members act like bullies toward the public who they are supposed to protect,” Adv. Anton Alberts, parliamentary member and Gauteng leader of the Freedom Front Plus says.
In the latest incident, a young woman from Randburg who suffers from epilepsy has started civil proceedings against the police after she was arrested for drunken driving. She was also assaulted and police officers made fun of her.
Ms. Lana Sander (26) says her explanations fell on deaf ears and she had to appear in the Randburg magistrate’s court on a charge of drunk driving.
The case against her was however withdrawn after she had blood tests done directly after her release to prove that she had not been drinking. Apart from the civil proceedings, she plans to have the police criminally prosecuted as well.
Adv. Alberts says it is police actions like this that leads to the public not having any faith in the police and for example refuses to stop when a person in police uniform instructs them to do so.
“The FF Plus realises that there are still a number of SAPS members that are doing their best against the decay that is occurring.
“The assault of a woman with epilepsy and the ridicule she endured during her epileptic seizure is reprehensible and comparable with the actions of Nazi police officers in Germany who bullied people with disabilities and eventually killed them.
“This incident must be investigated by the provincial commissioner and the members involved should be suspended immediately,” says Av. Alberts.
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