When one drives through a roadblock, it is a normal reaction to feel your heart race and to have random, worrying thoughts running through your head: “where is my driver’s licence”, “is my car licence valid”, “have I been drinking” – even when you know you have done nothing wrong, you preempt questions you know you will invariably be asked.
Usually interactions with the Police, whether Metro or SAPS, are pleasant enough and usually the only person making you feel guilty is you.
It is not okay when the people making you feel guilty are the very people who are supposed to make you feel safe.
Nena had an unfortunate incident with the police where she was treated like a petty criminal for no apparent reason.
Last night, 17/08/2015, Nena went to the El Corro Shopping Complex on 14th Avenue in Fairland to buy Steers for her family. While waiting she stood outside to have a cigarette. Two male Fairland Police officers stopped and asked if she was okay. They then asked her to show them the contents of her bag, which she did. Nena then asked the police what they were looking for and made it clear that she was uncomfortable with the way she was being treated. The police officers then told her that she was not complying and as a result would need to take her back to the Fairland Police Station where she would be searched by a Female Police Officer (it is illegal for a Male Police Officer to physically search a Female civilian). Nena then sat at one of the Steers tables and emptied her bag of its contents and gave her, now empty, bag to the police officer. She asked their names which they would not give her. Eventually they left.
Nena shared her story on the I love Fairland and I love Northcliff Facebook pages as well as the Fairland SAPS Facebook page. Fairland SAPS has been in contact with Nena and gave her the email address for the acting station commander Captain Whitehead.
We will keep you updated with how the incident is resolved.
Hear her version of the events in a short interview that we did with her the morning after the incident.