The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Head Robert McBride blames poor supervision as one of the reasons police are involved in criminal activities.
McBride was at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands where four police officers appeared in court in connection with the murder of a 37 -year-old man.
Mbongiseni Ndlela was allegedly killed by police at Muden near Greytown earlier this month.
The matter was postponed until Thursday for bail application. The suspects are facing seven charges including murder, three charges of assault and three charges of defeating the ends of justice.
McBride says police are relying on force instead of skillful interrogation to acquire information from suspects due to lack of supervision.
“It’s a wide range of issues that result in these tragic events and it’s including training, and attitude and sometimes poor supervision. From the evidence before us, the fourth suspect, who was arrested, was present when the rest of the illegal activity was taking place and allowed it to take place at his presence. Those are some of the concerns we have that is supervision issues, training issues, attitude issues, so it’s a number of issues that need to be looked at in making a difference,” says McBride.