Action Society’s preliminary data in the ‘Do you stop for a cop?’ survey has shown that less than 10% of South Africans feel safe when pulled over by police.
Is this a cause for concern?
SOUTH AFRICANS DON’T TRUST THE POLICE
In the survey running until the end of June 2022, people have indicated that they are scared to stop at roadblocks or checkpoints by the police.
Action Society’s police trust indicator survey suggests that less than 10% of road users feel safe when they are pulled over by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
“Trust in the SAPS is at an all-time low and the preliminary results from this survey confirm it,”said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society.
He said the police are not trusted due to criminality in their own ranks and the utter lack of results in combatting crime.
Cameron explained that these results are dooming for the police as it only adds insult to injury after Action Society’s first trust indicator survey was conducted.
The survey was done to determine trust in the SAPS 10111 emergency line.
POLICE LAST TO BE CALLED IN AN EMERGENCY
Cameron further said their survey showed that only 2% of South Africans will call 10111 first in an emergency.
However, private security companies came out on top with 56,8% and neighbourhood watch groups second with 40,7%.
The ‘Do you stop for a cop?’ survey will continue to run until the end of June 2022.
The survey was recently started when Action Society received increasing complaints regarding police members not following protocol when stopping drivers.
Various factors that affect failing public confidence in police according to Action Society are, non-responsiveness, corruption, the lack of accountability, ineffectiveness in handling crime, and a very big issue, namely the lack of ethical and competent leadership within SAPS.
QUESTIONS ASKED IN THE SURVEY
Rentia Mynhardt, the spokesperson for Action Society, said is important that communities do not feel negatively intimidated by police on our roads.
“We ask questions to clarify how civilians feel when pulled over by a member of SAPS. Also on how they experience the behaviour of the said SAPS members,”explained Mynhardt.
The questions to complete are:
- When you get pulled over by a member of SAPS, how do you feel?
- When pulled over, how was the overall experience?
- Did the SAPS member friendly introduce him/herself?
- Has a member of SAPS ever asked you for a bribe?
- Did the SAPS member explain why you were pulled over?
- Were you able to clearly identify the person as a SAPS member?
“SAPS is an organisation whose core aim must be to serve and protect citizens, and currently they are failing miserably on various levels. Action Society, therefore, ask the public to make their voices heard by completing the short survey,”concluded Mynhardt.