Barry Roux: Police inefficiency to blame

Johannesburg - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux has lashed out at police inefficiency saying they were to blame for many criminals not being convicted, The Citizen reported on Thursday.

"There's tardiness, they don't take the docket to court - sometimes they don't take it because they sold it. Or sometimes they don't take it because they have misfiled it," Roux reportedly told law students at the University of Witwatersrand on Wednesday.

He said the biggest problem in South Africa was that people who committed crimes did so knowing "there's a fair chance they won't get caught – or, if arrested, won't get tried".

Roux called on police to "wake up".

He also criticised certain procedures in court that led to delayed justice.

"If justice is delayed long enough people don't show up anymore or simply forget what happened," he said.

Pistorius was charged with murder following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He shot her through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. He claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down judgment in the trial on 11 September.

Sihle Nyamezela Wethu Motaung 2014-08-28 09:05:46 AM
Yes they are sleeping
Sipho Simon Mogale 2014-08-28 09:11:03 AM
true that Roux they are lazy they want "tjo tjo"
Clint Hufkie 2014-08-28 09:11:27 AM
the only time you will have an efficient police force is if all policeman are cyborgs.
Pagel 2014-08-28 09:12:16 AM
Ironic that he would criticize them - that is his only hope for Oscar.
Lineo Mpuse 2014-08-28 09:14:11 AM
"there's a fair chance they won't get caught – or, if arrested, won't get tried". So they repeatedly kill hoping they will not be tried, tell them about a/THE case that proved them wrong BR
Proudly Viljoon 2014-08-28 09:15:17 AM
you no different from the police you take Millions from criminals and killers and help them lie
Kawa Chale 2014-08-28 09:26:41 AM
...its strange though hearing the man who so many a times stood his grounds defending criminals !
Kawa Chale 2014-08-28 09:27:14 AM
...its strange though hearing the man who so many a times stood his grounds defending criminals !
Kawa Chale 2014-08-28 09:27:32 AM
...its strange though hearing the man who so many a times stood his grounds defending criminals !
Beaulah Fortuin 2014-08-28 09:27:59 AM
Funny you blame them now. Is this the first criminal case you've lost, Barry?