ANC turfwar over Rosebank police-shootings

A Political row erupted between the police trade-union and the SAPF-Gauteng leadership after a black police-clerk’s revenge-shooting of two senior Rosebank female cops – also: why are black SA men so violent?

2 September 2011 – Reporter: Nonkululeko Mbuli: Rosebank Killarney Gazette:

ROSEBANK two female cops left and right were shot by SAPF clerk David Kekana 1 Aug2011

On 1 August SAPF clerk David Kekana critically injured Rosebank police station commander LtCol Thandi Mkhize, (right) firing 14 shots into her body. She is recovering. He then killed the station’s head of support services Capt Neelavathi Naidu, (far left),  before killing himself. Naidu and Kekana were dead. A political ANC-turf-war has erupted between Popcru police-trade union and the SAPF-Gauteng management over the inaccurate information provided by SAPF-Gauteng commissioner Mzwandile Petros, the Rosebank Killarney Gazette noted: http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/rosebank-killarney/rosebank-killarney-news-general?oid=4674805&sn=Detail&pid=217831&What-is-the-truth-behind-the-shooting-of-Rosebank-cops–  also: Why are black SA men so violent? http://afrikaner-genocide-achives.blogspot.com/2011/09/alberton-resident-survives-berserk.html

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Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called for the suspension of Gauteng police commissioner genl Mzwandile Petros, for ‘misinforming’ Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and the public about these events. Popcru’s Matsemela Matsemela said Kekana had attacked his female commanders — not because as alleged by Petros, he had been found guilty of ‘mishandling firearms”. Instead, Kekana was found guilty of using a colleague’s telephone code. He had already paid back the telephone costs he incurred to his colleague.

Matsemela said, “This was deliberate deceit. The intention was to discredit General Bheki Cele and his leadership, who we at Popcru have been saying are doing a good job.” He suggested this was an attempt to “bring organised labour into conflict with the National police commissioner and his team.”

Matsemela said at the time of the shooting, the union was in the middle of appealing the decision to dismiss Kekana after he had already made restitution for the telephone costs incurred by inappropriately using his colleague’s dialling code.  “In labour terms, this is what we call double jeopardy. We were going to appeal the harshness and unprocedural manner of the decision,” said Matsemela. “Kekana would have certainly been reinstated,” he added. Matsemela said Popcru had not received a response from the Gauteng police commissioner’s office. The democratic-alliance party also called for for disciplinary action against General Petros.

The entire Rosebank police station was turned into a crime scene – poured over by forensic teams:

ROSEBANK PD crime scene after shooting by Kekana of two female senior officers Aug12011

 SAPF has pattern of misleading the public about its annual crime statistics, too:
John Moodey of the DA said, “This is totally unacceptable, Petros’ reputation is on the line. He needs to give clear answers soon so that the public is sure that accurate information is supplied to them by the police at all times.” Moodey said the police “has a pattern of misleading the public,” referring to the frequently questioned  annual crime statistics.

In response, the Rosebank Killarney Gazette quoted, Brigadier Neville Malila of the Gauteng police as saying that they took note of Popcru’s concerns. ” The Minister of police was briefed about the incident that took place at the Rosebank station and what led to the shooting. And if the Minister’s office was of the opinion that the provincial commissioner misled him on any information, the matter will be addressed through the relevant structures.” Malila reiterated that Petros’ leadership capabilities were demonstrated through his crime prevention strategies and a decrease in crime in Gauteng.”
http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/rosebank-killarney/rosebank-killarney-news-general?oid=4674805&sn=Detail&pid=217831&What-is-the-truth-behind-the-shooting-of-Rosebank-cops

also: Why are black SA men so violent? http://afrikaner-genocide-achives.blogspot.com/2011/09/alberton-resident-survives-berserk.html

 

 

 

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

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