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Details Of South African Police Service ( SAPS ) Frequently Asked Question

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Details Of South African Police Service ( SAPS ) Frequently Asked Question

  • Identification of a police official

In order to see if a police official is wearing a name tag you have to be close to him or her which means that you are in a one to one situation with the official. If he or she is not wearing a name tag you cannot just ignore them but you have the right to ask the official to identify him or herself by showing their appointment card, which must be carried by each and every police official, even the personnel appointed under the Public Service Act in the South African Police Service carries distinct appointment cards which are issued to them. If the official refuse to identify him or herself by showing their appointment card you can demand that you wish to speak or be approached by the official’s supervisor or commander.





Furthermore you must remember that if you feel unsafe for instance when followed and instructed by an apparent police official whilst driving, you can drive to the nearest police station in order to make sure that it is a bona fide police official that instructed you to pull over.

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Remember that police officials attached to the detectives in the South African Police Service are working in normal private clothes and do not wear name tags. If you are approached by an official claiming to be a detective you must always ask him or her to identify themselves by presenting his or her appointment card.

  • What happens to drugs that were seized by the Police?

Drugs are dealt with in the same way as any other evidence. After analysis by the forensic science laboratory and the conclusion of the case, liquor and dagga (cannabis) are destroyed at the police station under supervision of an officer. The dagga (cannabis) is destroyed by burning it and the liquor is poured out with consideration of the environmental factors and the relevant Acts. All other chemical drugs, for example heroin and Tik, must be destroyed by the forensic science laboratory under controlled conditions, irrespective of the quantity. Even one Mandrax tablet is destroyed by the forensic science laboratory. All drugs that the forensic science laboratory receives for analysis, are destroyed under controlled conditions and with the necessary authorisation.

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