Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Police eviction notices may lead to suicides, officer warns

One of 150-odd policemen served with eviction notices by Western Cape police management has warned that "this is the type of thing that pushes police to commit suicide".

The inspector is one of at least 50 police officers who have been given until the end of the month to vacate their police residences in Park Court flats, Kenilworth.

The inspector, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals, said he would not be surprised if the punitive action by the police's top management resulted in displaced policemen "picking up a gun" as a away out.

Speaking on behalf of colleagues, who were afraid to talk to the media for fear of being fired, the inspector said: "We must fight crime for them (police management) but they do nothing for us. We are not animals." Cape Times

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