Before getting all irate over what the officers did, remember that they were only a few people from a force of thousands!
The south african police, and the reservists that serve along side them are among the most dedicated people I have ever known. Reservists have to pay for their own equipment (Bulletproof vests, Uniforms, etc.), serve in their own time for no financial recompense, and put their life on the line EVERY time they go on duty
The full time officers have it even worse. 40 cases assigned to a single officer, means that he will never solve more than a fraction of them! The amount of criminals that officers catch and are then let out because the courts don't have time to process them is escalating. The officers who see criminals that they put away released because it is someones birthday, leaves them feeling sick, and scared for their own lives!
South Africa is at war. There are more deaths due to violent crime in the Gauteng area every day, than there are in the whole of England in a week! The right of the average man to defend himself is eroded a little more every year. Every time a new anti theft device is released for vehicles, the would be hijackers get more violent to try and beat the system. And as in every war, there are attrocities. I'm not condoning them, but I know how these people feel! Frustration, anger and knowing that your job is futile is not fun (hell, i'm a sysadmin now, so not much of an improvement ;)) and it leads to one of several things.
- Suicide - Not a good thing for obvious reasons
- Abuse of your fellow man - Not condonable ever
- Career Change - costs the country's crime prevention forces in manpower, training budget, etc
So what should they do? The police are losing the war. The amount of people leaving SA every day is climbing. Those that stay live in fear.
Be nice to your daemons