I am often attacked by some who find me a bit soft when speaking about our national police service, the now disreputable SAPS or South African Police Service (a view the majority South Africans apparently, and sadly so, share) which replaced the old Police Force in 1994. When you read my police books and blogs or even speak to me, you will know I am quick to defend the new lads though I owe them no loyalty whatsoever. I have never served with them and never will. However, you want to be proud of your policemen, it is logical.
My actions speak louder than words. It was just last week that I protected them in in my blog. I also know, from personal experience, that 95% of them are good honest folk who try hard to act as decent men and women; to them I have to say I am saddened that I am publishing this. Unfortunately we find those who are a disgrace to their uniform and that were so in our time too. We dealt with them and got rid of them as quickly as we could. History will show you that a great number ended in jail and or were executed for crimes they did commit. It cannot be denied.
I saw SAPS (South African Police Service) members, in uniform, abusing a woman on Friday. I was on my way back from a directors' meeting in Pretoria and walked into the disgusting scene. You can read about it in the below statement, which explains what happened. I have already laid a complaint at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and a written warning that the below statement is going to be published today. Whether the IPID is the correct forum is debatable (they deal with more serious stuff) but it is a start and we will see what happens now - I will keep you informed. They have not tried to stop me (legally they cannot anyway) from publishing this blog and that is enlightening too. It gives me hope for the future as it seems they have more brain cells than Cell C who recently lost rather badly with the banner add episode. This is what Freedom of Speech is about.
I know many of you will cynically smile and say it is an exercise in futility to report abusive policemen. I have often said to you that the law is neutral; it must be implemented to protect you. This is a perfect example of what I meant and I ask you, let us give the IPID a fair chance to act decisively before criticizing further. Learn that you should never hesitate to use the law for the good - if you feel done in, follow the correct procedures and remember, always attack the man, not the organisation. Do not turn a blind eye to women abuse.
Also note that if you make racist comments on my blogs I will refuse to publish them. This is about justice, not a platform for racism. And the answer is yes. If it was two white policemen abusing a black woman I would have acted the same way. Remember my background as an attorney in the most famous human rights law firm in Africa, I was not there without conviction.
I, the undersigned, JACOBUS KOTZE, declare under oath as follows:
14 March 2015, Bloemfontein
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters.