oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - To police the police: some thoughts on the appointment of a police ombudsman for South Africa

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The aim of this article is to examine the feasibility of introducing an ombudsman to deal with complaints received from the public relating to police conduct. Although the regulations promulgated in terms of the present state of emergency (see below) empower the South African Police Force, the South African Railways Police Force, the South African Defence Force and the Prisons Service to execute emergency powers, this study will be confined to a discussion of the Police Force only, since the promotion of the internal security of the state and the maintenance of law and order is primarily the function of the Police. The method adopted in this article is a comparative examination, a discussion on the need for the introduction of a police obudsman, an abstract of the essential characteristics of the office, and lastly the establishment of such an office in South Africa.

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