SA cop threatens to shoot dead Afrikaans teen Suné Steenkamp 's pet sheepdog inside family car
-- May 20 2012 Beeld journalist Marzanne van den Berg reports: 18-year-old Helpmekaar High School pupil Sune Steenkamp is still shaking from fear a day after a SAPS officer armed with a military assault carbine threatened to shoot dead her pet sheepdog - inside the car with her and her mom.
The girl was just climbing from her mom Amanda's SUV vehicle at the quiet Melle Street in front of her high school at 12h30 Saturday in Braamfontein Johannesburg to attend a drama class.
Mrs Steenkamp also had the girl's two-year-old pet dog Shep inside her SUV.
Two police officers suddenly stopped at their car in their police-van, one of whom carried a military attack carbine at the ready. Mrs Steenkamp said the cops took away her driver's license and ordered her to get out of the car so that 'they could search it'.
"They didn't greet us, they had an attitude, never smiled, never said anything to calm us down, said the mother.
'They fired questions at us such as 'What are you hiding in your car...' "What are YOU PEOPLE scared of the police for? '
They constantly claimed that they wanted to search the car the mother said, 'but they made no attempt to do so'.
They demanded to know 'if the dog was aggressive'. Mrs Steenkamp said she replied that "he was only aggressive if strangers tried to touch the dog, if you do he will bite'. The policeman said 'if he bites I will shoot him,' saying this with the assault-weapon in his hand.
The Steenkamp mother and daughter felt very threatened while they were being harassed with loudly shouted rude questions for fifteen minutes before they were allowed to leave.
" 'It was a very traumatic experience. That's not how the police should treat a woman and child. ow I am scared of the police, I thought they were supposed to be the friends of citizens, said Amanda.
SAPS ltcol Tshisilkhawe Ndou of Gauteng police asked for comment claimed that 'it was the POLICE'S JOB to STOP VEHICLES and SEARCH THEM at their own discretion 'becaus eof the nature of crimes they come across.'
If the women are so unhappy about it they should lodge a formal complaint with the police directorate, he said.