SA cop college shaves off women’s hair

SAPS college shaves off women recruits hair against their will

Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 News release, Freedom Front Plus. “The Police College in Ulundi has shaved off the hair of all female recruits who have started with their basic training. Thereafter they received their training in the hot sun, but without any hats on their heads. It was so bad that one (very pale-skinned( recruit had to receive medical treatment after her face had swollen up severely. “

Young Chantelle SA Police Serv. recruit needed urgent med atn after head shaven hot sunFeb12011 Young Chantelle SAPS recruit after head shaved and forced to sit in hot sun for hours

Initially the recruit was forced to wait to see a doctor as she was ‘not a member of a medical aid’. She only received medical attention after some time.

Her worried father, a retired policeman, Mr. Antoon Young from Frankfort, attempted to contact the Police Commissioner but neither he nor other senior members of the Police were available as they were “attending a party in Soweto”. The parent then contacted the Freedom Front Plus and the party’s chief spokesman Pieter Groenewald immediately followed up on the issue. It was arranged that the recruit phone her parents immediately and she was in the interim transferred to another training college.

The practice of shaving off the hair of female recruits who start their Police training should be stopped immediately. It is also humiliating and an infringement on their human rights. I will be requesting the Minister to launch a full investigation and action should be taken against commanders and instructors who enforce this practice. It appears as if the new military approach in the Police is being used as a smokescreen which could lead to malpractices. It is unacceptable and the Minister will have to explain,” Groenewald says.

MR. PIETER GROENEWALD
Contact numbers: 083 627 4397 / 082 472 0189
http://www.praag.co.uk/news/southern-africa.html
http://www.vryheidsfront.co.za/a/media.asp?id=4629

SAPS female recruits hair shaved against their will YOUNG suffered sunstroke Feb12011

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News report:
Pretoria – Female recruits at the police’s training academy in Ulundi have had their heads shaved bare – leaving one of them in need of urgent medical attention. Within three days of being shorn last month, the very pale-skinned recruit “was so burned by the sun that her whole face was so swollen that she couldn’t see anymore”, said the 27-year-old’s father Antoon Young.

When his daughter sought medical attention she was told that because she was not yet a member of the police’s medical aid she could not see a doctor, he said. She was sent to a clinic and given vitamin tablets instead. “After that, all the other girls collected money for her to see a doctor. The girls with her were prepared to pay for her,” said Young.

He said he was told that all the girls who refused to have their hair shaved off were punished with physical training.Young, a retired policeman with 30 years’ service, said that in his entire career with the police he had never heard of female recruits having their heads shaved.

Shaved ‘against her will’
He became aware of his daughter’s situation when she sent him cellphone images of her swollen ace.

  • “I am of the opinion that she is suffering of sunstroke and that she needs urgent medical treatment as she is complaining of headache, dizziness and vomiting,” Young wrote in an open letter to the Freedom Front Plus.

“I am also of the opinion that her hair was shaved against her will and against police regulations.”He said he had tried to contact Police Commissioner Bheki Cele about his daughter’s plight. He said his daughter’s severe reaction to being shaved may have also been an allergic reaction to the sudden exposure.

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VivierAfrikaner_Family_Porphyria_GrantedAsylum_PrinceRupertCanadaapril72004] Background: Afrikaners, similar to many other Northern-Europeans and African albinos, also are genetically inclined towards developing severe familial allergies, skin cancer and even blindness due to exposure to even the slightest amount of  ultra-violet radiation i.e. sunlight. One  such family, the Vivier family, which suffered severely from porphyria which forced them to remain indoors most of the time in SA, was in April 2004 even granted asylum in a town in Canada which had the lowest number of sunshine days.).

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Police col  Vish Naidoo said there “would be a departmental investigation with a view to disciplinary action.He could not comment further until investigations into the matter had been completed”.

Transferred
Young, who lives in the Free State town of Frankfort, said he felt it was problematic that his daughter had been sent to a police college where instruction was only in Zulu although the Afrikaans girl – trilingual in English and a local black language being taught in the Free State – could not understand the Zulu language. He was also worried that his concern for his daughter’s well-being would cause her problems. “It was me who contacted everybody, not her. I hope this does not get her into trouble. She never contacted anyone except me.”

He said that since the incident his daughter had been transferred to the police’s training college in Chatsworth, Durban. Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said the shaving of female recruits’ heads should not be allowed. He said the recruits had not been provided with hats and that this had resulted in the severe burning of Young’s daughter.”It is also humiliating and an infringement on their human rights. It appears as if the new military approach in the police is being used as a smokescreen which could lead to malpractices,” he said.He would ask Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to launch an investigation and take action against commanders who initiated the practice of shaving female recruits’ hair.
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Female-police-recruits-heads-shaved
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What SA’s Illustrious cops have been up to over the past few days

In this article below the newspaper “Beeld” reports about two thieving  policemen who were caught stealing 58 sheep from a white farmer in Standerton Eastern Transvaal area loaded it in a police vehcle and went to the black township were they tried to sell it. A police informant informed the police. When a photographer wanted to take pictures of them, he was intimidated and held hostage inside the court by the police colleagues so he could not go outside to take pictures of the vermin.http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Polisie-steel-glo-skape-met-vangwa-20110201

The next two links refer to policemen abducting and raping teenage girls in two separate incidents. One girl was 15 and the other 19.

The next link is actually hilarious. Four cops got sent to escort a suspect to court.  They handcuffed him and he was sitting at the back. The cops left a service pistol in the cubby hole and stopped to buy some food. The suspect then helds up the cops with the pistol and stole their car.

The next link refers to 119 Johannesburg cops fired for corruption last year.

The following link refers to a 23 yo police officer that was arrested for renting out guns, bullet-proof vests, radios, blue lights and sirens.

More than 5 300 firearms have been lost or stolen from police stations and offices around the country over the past two years.

Altogether 860 people died at the hands of police or in their custody last year, 294 suspects died in custody and a further 566 people were killed by police. Seven people were “tortured” to death. The total number of deaths was six percent down on the previous year. More than any time during Apartheid.

Despite more than 60 000 additional police personnel that were recruited between 2002 and 2010 crime levels are soaring with house robberies that have  increased 100% since 2003/2004. This is after they have massaged the stats.

Taxpayers’ money may once again be used to pay out damages in a case of police brutality.The case involves an Afrikaans female pawn shop assistant Erika Schutte, who was falsely accused of dealing in stolen goods then locked up in a “steaming” hot police van for several hours with two black male suspects. During her detention the police swore at her, threatened her with violence and they formed a circle around her, while some of the cops slapped her on her shoulder. The police threatened to detain her at the police station, together with male suspects.http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cops-threatened-me-with-violence-1.1019630

Seventeen luxury vehicles valued at about R3-million were stolen off a showroom dealership floor right next to the police’s provincial headquarters in Durban yesterday.

Sunnyside police station, including station commander Brigadier Papile Kekana, has become a law onto themselves. Harrassing prostitutes , detaining them elagally, etc…A lawyer Ebenezer Essilfie sent a letter to minister Nathi Mthethwa, commissioner General Bheki Cele and the national director of public prosecutions, calling the Sunnyside police a “den of unlawfulness, oppression and suppression of freedom”.

Three policemen (police captain and two warrant officers ) from the organised crime unit in Polokwane were arrested for allegedly helping out a man charged with robbery. the police captain was apparently given R16 500 and a plasma TV set in return, while one of the officers was given a car and fridge. The other officer was said to have been given R3000.

And you know what is the worst? There are 200,000 of these types in the SA Police Servicehttp://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/police-are-important-cele-1.1018324

SAPS 566 DEATHS IN DETENTION 2010 SOWETAN

SAPS PIETERSBURG ORG CRIME UNIT 3 COPS ARRESTED JAN292011

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

4 Responses to SA cop college shaves off women’s hair

  1. MAMS says:

    THE POLICY ON THE FEMALE RECRUITS ESPECIALLY NOT TO CUT THEIR HAIR WAS RELEASED TO ALL BASIC TRAINING INSTITUTION SIGNED BY THE EX LT GENERAL MALA SINGH AND SHE PERSONNALY VISITED SOME INSTITUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE MATTER AND THIS IS NOT THE FIRST INCIDENT HAPPENING AT ULUNDI INSTITUTION THE PREVIOUS COMMANDER HAD TO BE TRANSFERRED ON THE SAME BASIS WHILE IT WAS STILL UNDER THE COMMAND OF BRIGADIER MALEBE-THEMA, AND THIS POLICY WAS ALSO IMPLEMENTED DURING HER COMMAND UNLESS WHENEVER PEOPLE ARE TRANSFERRED, WHAT THEY IMPLEMENTED BECOMES NULL AND VOID THIS IS UNACCAPTABLE AND THE POLICY FURTHER STIPULATES THAT THE WOMEN ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO PLAT THEIR HAIRS WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE POLICY IS EXTENTIONS ON HAIRS AS TTHERE ARE MANY KIND OF EXTENION AND IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SET STANDARDS AND UNIFORMITY

    • Thank you so much for this important information Sandra. It is so important to obtain such background so that we are all better informed. It’s truly shocking to read that a previous policy ordering that the female recruits’ hair was not allowed to be cut, issued by the former LtGenl Mala Singh, has now simply been ignored with this incident. I agree with you that this policy which was continued under the command of brig. Malebe-Thema should have not have been ignored. The fact that these women were subjected to this proves to me that there is no disclipline left in the military of South Africa and that every little commander seems to just sort of make up his own rules as he goes along now. There seems to be no central control left at all.

  2. Jan van Helmont says:

    Surely, you must be joking when portraying Mr Ebenezer Essilfie as a “Lawyer”? The man duped SO many brothers
    in Ghana promising Visa, Passports and so on, grabbing
    HUGE amounts of money, offering.. nothing whatsoever in
    return; if the man is Ghanaian, he is an utter criminal
    and if you put your trust in him, he will strip you, of
    everything you have got. That man is evil to the core.
    I am even surprised that such a monster is still alive.

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