The constitution of the Republic of South Africa admonishes objectionable behaviour on the part of Members of the South African Police Service as unconstitutional. There is a duty on the police to prevent, combat and investigate crime to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, and to uphold the law.
It may sometimes be necessary for the police to use force in upholding their duty. The amount of force used, must however be proportional to the prevailing situation. Excessive or unnecessary force is prohibited and could constitute police brutality.
Examples of objectionable behaviour include: violent assaults, verbal attacks, intimidation, wrongful arrest and detention, racial discrimination, and psychological intimidation.
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