Cops That Cause Fear in Our Lives

They were only introduced in 2009, yet they have made headlines over every single township in South Africa. At first we thought they were here to protect us, but now we fear them more than robbers or criminals.

They call themselves T.R.T. (Technical Response Team), but in our communities they are called amaBerete because of their headgear. People thought that they were police officers that enforce the law, but today they are seen as vicious military people trained to abuse everyone they come across.

AmaBerete only made their appearance in Diepsloot late in 2011 , but every single night since then they have stopped movement in the streets of the township. They also have limited residents from going to parties at night or to taverns. No people except the brave ones walk freely during the night because they know that the amaBerete will stop you and either beat you up or emotionally abuse you.

We all are aware that South Africa is known for high crime volume, but what has changed since these people were introduced is that people are living in fear and are being physically abused. No one can report them because they are above all laws that are in the constitution. The amaBerete raid parties heavily armed and search with intention to cause damage so that you can be provoked and say something; then they can assault you.

I’ve witnessed a lot of things done by the amaBerete but had no power to act against them. I stood watching as they beat up my friend for no reason and I was shaking through the night thinking about it. Unfortunately I still feel threatened whenever I see them because I never forgot what they did to my friend. If South Africans were supposed to be free, amaBerete has brought back the apartheid lifestyle for everyone in the townships.

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3 thoughts on “Cops That Cause Fear in Our Lives

  1. MA NAME IS BONTLE LANGA 20 YR OLD LADY,I DNT SEE ENYTIN WRNG ABT AMABERET,THEY JUST DOING THEIR JOB JST LYK OTHER POLICE,ME I LUV&LIKE WAT THEY ARE DOING,KEEP ON DOING DAT “AMABERET”

    • I so ayt girl….i am KGOTHATSO wa leberete….hmm i should say i realy do love da Amaberete..their job is excellent nothing wrong there…they are only doing their work dan u ppl starts 2complain..n plz note ds..da (T.R.T) -Amaberete-..cnt jst beat up umzali 4 no reason..there’s a REACTION FOR ANY ACTION….and as for da young ppl plz bear dis in ur minds..1thing dat u seem2forget is dat @da Pubs n Tarvens thers wat we call AGER RESTRICTION…so u find a teenager in dat kinda place..nw thats where da AMABERETE COMEZ IN…..CZ IF DEY DONT DO WAT DEY R DOING WEN DEY GET U THR..S.A WILL B COMPLAINING OF RAPE IN TEENAGERS…?cz it aint safe out thr..so plz chek da situation b4 u cn start blaming….kana thers a reason 4anything.
      #via KG WA AMABERETE…..

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