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88% of South African Police HIV-Positive

Around 88 percent of all the active staff in the South African Police Services (SAPS) are HIV-positive, according to that country’s Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu.

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Speaking at a seminar which is being hosted by the country’s parliamentary Police Portfolio Committee, and which is focused on the high number of police killings in the country, she said the AIDS-ridden force include both “police officers and non-career personnel.”

“The 88 percent is made up of active personnel, clerks, public services act members, and sweepers,” she said.

AIDS is not the only problem plaguing the South African Police Services. According to a report issued last year, of the 158,548 operational members, some 40,000 have failed or do not have firearm competency certificates.

According to official opposition Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, most police services globally require operational members to requalify in firearm competency twice a year. “Here it is becoming the norm for armed officers not to have a competency certificate — which means there are police breaking the law.”

Barnard added that it was difficult for the public in South Africa to “feel empathy because a third of civilians are scared of the police.



“They run away from them, not to them if there is trouble. If they are stopped at a roadblock they expect to be robbed; if they are pulled aside they expect to be manhandled, arrested on nonexistent charges, thrown in a van, taken on a terrifying joyride, thrown in a filthy cell and released without charge the next day. They expect to be raped.”

She noted that nearly half of South Africans feel there is no point in reporting crime “because they do not trust our police. It is truly a broken blue line.”

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She concluded by pointing out that there were forty-seven murders every day in South Africa.

* A 2014 audit revealed that that 1,448 serving South African police officers were convicted criminals, among them a major-general, ten brigadiers, 21 colonels, ten majors, 43 lieutenant-colonels, 163 captains, 84 lieutenants and 716 warrant officers.

The 1,448 police officers had all been convicted of “serious crimes” ranging from murder and attempted murder to rape, assault, corruption, theft, robbery, house-breaking, drug trafficking, domestic violence, and aiding escapees. At least 64 of them were based at police headquarters.

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  1. Could we now please have the official figures for the defence forces?

    The old estimates from about 15 years ago was + – 90%.

    Perhaps there is a chance the numbers have improved…

     
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  2. I presume that the South African police still have a few white staff members on board.
    If you strip out their numbers, surely the HIV positive rate must seriously approach 100%.

    On another point, power is very much to dominance. SA police staff are likely abusing their power by exploiting sexual opportunities wherever they can find them.

     
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    1. What a paradise South Africa has become since they got rid of all those Boers running the country.

       
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  3. The South African Police force is now a bona fide terror organization. They terrorise the populace by virtue of their official police uniform, through their weapons, and because of the power that they possess thereby, they spread AIDS and HIV when they rape. This is a really alarming situation for the country.

    Not so surprising then, that some people contend that black people are not mature enough to rule themselves. I do not agree with this, though, but when a national police force is so rotten, one must be wondering about the future of such a country.

     
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  4. Since the black police officers have no future time orientation, how do they remember to take their daily AIDS drug cocktail ? Does it taste yummy or get them high?

     
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  5. But where are all the AIDS deaths there? Shouldn’t SA be declining in population by now? Either this shows the test is not accurate, or it shows that HIV is not as deadly as some think. Will the WHO ever admit that they got it wrong? That their abbreviated testing procedure wrt P24 ELISA’s and the use of pregnant women at urban antenatal clinics has overblown the national numbers? Anyway, the predicted population declines in Africa have never happened.

     
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    1. They take ARV’s, keeps them alive for years. Plus they still have babies left right and centre so population won’t dwindle.

       
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  6. And I’m not even surprise cause the way they fool around with other mens wifes while on duty. So question, How can you still be in a relationship with a woman that’s in the Police force

     
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