Four police vehicles seized by a sheriff of the High Court

Four police vehicles seized by a sheriff of the High Court
Four police vehicles seized by a sheriff of the High Court

Police in KwaZulu-Natal would like to assure the residents of Mountain Rise and the surrounding precincts which are policed by the Mountain Rise Police Station that policing services are continuing unhindered. This is after four police vehicles were seized by a sheriff of the High Court on Thursday, 09 May 2024.

Police’s Legal Services component has acted with speed and will be in court today (Friday) to dispute and stop the sale of police vehicles on auction. Although only one of the seized vehicles was roadworthy, the Legal Department of the police was bemused to hear about the presence of a sheriff at the police station, whilst the matter was not yet finalised.

The seizure of the police vehicles did not comply with the prescripts of the State Liability Act and the police’s legal team is out to ensure that the law is followed to the latter wherein the integrity of the police is at stake.

The matter emanated from a 2018 case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm where the suspect claimed that he was wrongfully arrested and detained

Talking to the 3000 Commissioned Officers in Durban on Tuesday, the Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi implored all Commanders to make it their top priority to drastically reduce civil claims against the police and take proportional steps against police officers who incur civil claims against the police due to negligence and unbecoming actions.

“Honest mistakes will happen during the execution of policing activities. We have a delicate balance to maintain as police officers during the execution of our duties. However, police officers who use excessive force unnecessarily and those who ignore the basic principles of policing and attract law suits against the organisation must dance to the tunes of their actions. With many people targeting the police service as a low hanging fruit to institute civil claims against, our police officers will continue to tread on thin lines to ensure that perpetrators of crime are brought to justice”, said Lieutenant General Mkhwanazi.

Unlawful arrest and detention, as well as vehicle collisions are the most generators of civil claims in the police in KwaZulu-Natal and emanating from the historic meeting on Tuesday, commanders were tasked to put plans in place to save state money that is lost to litigation.

With the identified discrepancies in the execution of the court order in the Mountain Rise matter, South African Police Service Legal Services officers are confident that the seized vehicles will be released to the custody of the police to make way for an amicable solution to the matter.

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