Durban : South Africa | Sep 19, 2013 at 8:32 PM PDT
Ms Douglas had phoned her mother, telling her that an unmarked car with flashing blue lights was trying to pull her off the road. Her mother called her back after a few minutes to find out what was happening. She said her daughter was screaming saying said that the police were trying to kill her, and that she had no idea why they were shooting at her. She was clearly terrified and said she was driving to the nearest police station. (There have been a number of incidents this year where white South Africans have been attacked after being stopped by people impersonating the police in cars that have blue lights.)
The officers claim that Ms Douglas was driving recklessly and that when they tried to stop her, she sped off and a chase ensued. It is alleged that the policemen concealed the fact that they had fired shots at the vehicle. However, The station commander noticed five bullet holes when the vehicle was towed. He questioned the officers concerned who could not give a reasonable explanation for the shooting. A murder docket has been opened but no arrests have been made.
It is thought that this may be a revenge attack over an altercation with police earlier this year. Ms Douglas apparently bumped her neighbour's scooter and he laid a charge. The charge was dropped, but a policewoman arrived at Ms Douglas' house and tried to arrest her without a warrant. It is alleged that the policewoman slapped Ms Douglas, forced her out of her flat, handcuffed her and took her to the Southport SAPS prison cells. Charges were again brought against her and she appeared in court several times, with the case being postponed on each occasion.
On her last appearance in Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court Ms Douglas had said that the policewoman's lawyer informed her all charges would be dropped if she bought a top of the range cellphone for the policewoman. Ms Douglas refused.
This case is not unusual. South African Police are notorious for unprovoked attacks, particularly on whites, verbal racial abuse, inappropriate searches, false arrests, violence and murder.
A SAPS audit has found that 1,448 members currently on the force are guilty of serious offenses including rape, attempted murder, corruption, fraud and assault. Several of the convicted cops are highly ranked in positions like captains, majors and colonels — shockingly 10 brigadiers and 1 Major General are also on the list. In response to the report Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega said that police officers with criminal records could not simply be fired.
Police have also paid out more than R200 million to settle civil claims in the past financial year. Phiyega responded to questions about the claims by stating that civil claims should not be a cost, they should be left as a “runaway cost”.
There is hardly an element of the force that is not touched by scandal and the Sunday Times recently revealed that Makhosini Nkosi & Associates, the company responsible for communications for National Police Commissioner Phiyega and the National Prosecuting Authority was found to be illegally operating a bar and massage parlor at the company premises without business rights or a liquor liscence. (Nkosi insisted it was not a brothel, just "an interesting B&B" - even though he admitted to paying for adverts on sex websites.)
In spite of the ongoing horror stories concerning the SA Police, President Zuma recently told journalists that his Police Commissioner is competent. “I think she’s able to do her job. So far, I think she’s absolutely wonderful” he said.
HIT SQUAD - OR GENOCIDE SQUAD?
FOR THIS PREMEDITATED MURDER TO GO COLD?