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ABUSE OF POWER BY THE POLICE
Oct 14, 2020
Common examples of abuse of power
Abusing official capacity for personal gain
Brutality or violence towards individuals / communities
Sexual assault by a police officer, whether the police officer is on or off duty
You have a right to:
Have your dignity respected and protected
Not be deprived of freedom arbitrarily

Not be detained without trial
Be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources
Not be tortured in any way, or be treated in a cruel or inhumane manner
Ask police officials for identification
Take a photo and/or record the conversation with a cell phone
It is important to know and understand your rights in relation to policing; however, it is very important to note that it is best to not confront the police with an assertion of your rights if you believe that it will aggravate the situation, or if you fear for your physical safety. It is advisable to remain calm and ensure that you memorise as much information as possible, and thereafter lay a complaint with Corruption Watch, the Independent Policing Investigative Directorate, or the South African Police Service Anti-Corruption Unit.
What to do if you experience abuse of power at the hands of the police?
If the abuse is in the form of physical violence and you are injured as a result, first seek medical assistance or call for help. Once you have received medical assistance, ensure that you complete a J88 form. The J88 is a legal document that is compiled by a medical doctor or registered nurse, documenting injuries sustained by the victim in any circumstances where a legal investigation / process may follow
If you are taken to a police station, immediately report any physical abuse to the senior official in charge and ask to call a family member, friend or lawyer
Whatever form the abuse takes, make certain that you memorise as much detail as possible about the date, time, place, vehicle registration number, names of officials, and witnesses
Contact a legal practitioner or one of the organisations mentioned below as soon as possible for assistance with potential criminal or civil action:

Independent Policing Investigative Directorate (IPID)E-mail: complaints@ipid.gov.za
Website: www.ipid.gov.za
Head office: 012 339 0000

Provincial contacts:
Eastern Cape: 082 592 9888
Free State: 063 225 6081
Gauteng: 076 455 5178
Limpopo: 078 871 4811
KwaZulu-Natal: 079 895 2741
Mpumalanga: 072 881 4196
Northern Cape: 064 624 8203
North West: 078 163 6874
Western Cape: 021 941 4800
SAPS National Service Complaints CentreE-mail: complaintsnodalpoint@saps.gov.za
Call centre: 0800 333 177

Provincial contacts

Eastern Cape:
040 608 7078 / 082 301 8275 / complaintsEC@saps.gov.za

Free State:
051 411 7804 / 071 412 2391 / fs.inspect.nodal@saps.gov.za

Gauteng:
011 274 7786 / 082 442 2000 / gpcomplaints@saps.gov.za

KwaZulu-Natal:
031 325 5951 / 079 877 6536 / kzn.complaintscentre@saps.gov.za

Limpopo:
015 293 7186 / 072 149 9927 / Lim.complaints@saps.gov.za

Mpumalanga:
013 249 1429 / 082 565 6447 / complaints.mp@saps.gov.za

Northern Cape: 
053 802 7416 / 063 686 5236 / ncprov.complaint.saps@saps.gov.za

North West:
018 299 7057 / 082 856 0995 / nw.inspect.complaints@saps.gov.za

Western Cape:
021 409 6535 / 082 469 7721 /       
wcmi.complaintsnodalpoint@saps.gov.za
African Policing Civilian Oversight ForumE-mail: info@apcof.org.za
South African Human Rights CommissionWebsite: www.sahrc.org.za
Head office: 011 877 3600
 
Provincial contacts:
Eastern Cape: 067 968 8921
Free State: 076 038 4507
Gauteng: (011) 877 3750
Limpopo: 071 566 5188
KwaZulu-Natal: 071 446 2333
Mpumalanga: 078 670 4360
Northern Cape:  079 439 5557
North West: 060 790 1476
Western Cape: 073 075 2278 
Corruption WatchWebsite: www.corruptionwatch.org.za
WhatsApp: 072 013 5569