Saps denies trainees 'forced' to eat from bin
A video of the incident, alleged to have taken place last month, came to light this week.
CAPE TOWN - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says video footage showing trainee police men and women eating out of a bin at the Bishop Lavis Training College is a result of racism.
The video of the incident, alleged to have taken place last month, came to light this week.
Popcru says it is shocked at the inhumane treatment of the cadets who are allegedly being forced to eat meals out of a bin because there aren't facilities to store their food.
The union's Mncedisi Mbolekwa says ill treatment of trainee police officers will have a negative effect on their behaviour when they are meant to serve and protect the public.
"It's a disgrace, look how they are treated inside? They are cops, they are training, what are they going to do outside? They will have an anger that they will pass onto the community."
But police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says it's simply a misunderstanding.
"When they arrived that evening, they were then given an option to saying, 'you can eat your food now and finish it or if you are unable to finish it, you can throw it in the bin'. If students went at a later stage into the bin and ate it, it's a choice that they made."