“Whenever residents see officers engaging in illegal activity, they have the right to take down the vehicle’s registration number.”
A Troyeville resident directed harsh criticism at Jeppe SAPS during the police station’s crime awareness campaign in the area on November 8.
The resident, who requested her identity to be withheld, labelled the police at the station as corrupt, going as far as to accuse them of being in cahoots with drug dealers who operate along parts of Eleanor and Commissioner streets.
Her sharp criticism of the police station’s officers was raised during what was meant to be a proactive door-to-door campaign in which the police engaged with residents about crime in the area.
The resident, however, could not hide her displeasure as she hurled insults at the Jeppe police.
She exclaimed that she has zero faith in them, and claimed to have observed, on several occasions, policemen accepting bribes from the area’s drug dealers.
“Drug dealers constantly pay the police off to avoid getting locked up,” the resident said.
“Whenever they are arrested, it is not too long before we see them back on the streets, and operating from the same place.”
The woman added that her own children have turned to drugs.
She said since then, they too have fallen into the habit of paying the police off whenever they are apprehended for possession of drugs.
“It’s what we witness on a daily basis. It is even more distressing because our own children have become exposed to this. I’ve simply lost all confidence in the police.”
Responding to the allegations, Jeppe SAPS spokesperson Capt Richard Munyai invited the unhappy resident to come forward with all the information at her disposal.
“Whenever residents see officers engaging in illegal activity, they have the right to take down the vehicle’s registration number,” said Munyai.
“These are some of the serious allegations and I’d like the resident to come to the police station and provide us with all of that information.”
“If she finds that she’s not receiving the necessary help from officers at the station, she can ask to see the station commander as these are very serious allegations against the police stations, and they must be investigated.”