Archive for the 'South Africa' Category

SOUTH AFRICA – TSU Protection Service (Pty) South Africa: Taser Training (2013-10-03: date downloaded)

Posted on October 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Note the two-day course here contains no “sensitivity training”, perhaps understandably because there is little time in just two days. The South African private arms company offers military and police training in the use of tasers. “The Taser is the only device that is reliable on all types of threats, whether […]

SOUTH AFRICA – 3-year-old Johannesburg boy tasered [with a generic stun-gun] for bed-wetting (2013-09-12)

Posted on September 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Note, this does not involve a TASER International  product but does show the potential for unacceptable abuse …: The 19-yr-old mother of a 3-yr-old is facing assault and possible attempted murder charges following a video made when she “tasered” her son for bed-wetting.]] JOHANNESBURG – Police have confiscated three video […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town Metro officers may get Tasers (2013-08-09)

Posted on August 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Cape Town police were authorized to carry tasers in 2001, but there was no control over (its) use… and it was decided to remove it,” a police report said. Now, faced with “members of the public to taunt officers during an arrest”, tasers are being reconsidered as a “least violent or […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Taser attacker a former police patroller (2012-05-16)

Posted on May 16 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: A member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) opposition party is attacked by a bodyguard (ex- police office) of the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) – close to the governing ANC – with a taser. She says: “… The guy with the Taser first tried to push it into my face, […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Chaos at Vaal University of Technology registration [tasers used against angry students] (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the first reported use of tasers in South Africa – to quell an angry crowd of students in long line-ups, waiting to register. The South African Broadcasting Service (SABC) reported, according to this article, that “students started pushing each other, causing security guards to intervene with batons, pepper spray and […]

SOUTH AFRICA – ‘Father, have mercy on me’ [Siblings try using taser to murder both their parents] (2011-10-29)

Posted on October 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: The taser (a generic model?) plays a role in a sensational South African trial of two white adult siblings, charged with deliberately killing their parents. “I took a taser and shocked her [the mother] on her neck, and she fell over, the son tells the court; later “We were also trying the taser […]

SOUTH AFRICA – “Will Introducing Taser Guns Reduce Killings By the Police Service?” (2011-06-22)

Posted on June 22 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments :  In what we consider a dangerous precedent in Southern Africa, the South African police are considering buying tasers. This article looks into the temptation provided by tasers but also recognizes many of the critiques of this stun-gun and its potential for abuse.]] Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria) by Andrew Faull At a […]

SOUTH AFRICA – There is war in Cape Town [“electric tasers” are part of it] (2010-10-02)

Posted on February 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a press release by the “Mandela Park Backyarders”. Interesting to GlobalShock because it shows the apparent “slippage” of tasers (manufactured by TASER Inc. ???) into the “land battle” to fight government orders to leave unregistered squatter-settlement land. The ANC seems to be prolonging the hated apartheid regime’s policies. The only […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Durban – 1800v portable stun baton / Taser (Non Lethal) No licence needed (20011-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An advertisement by a Soouth African arms merchant, sent out by Google Alerts on 4 February 2011 for the sale of a “taser” – though obviously not an authentic X26 or related device (only 1800 volts … ). The most striking phrase in this ad. is how anyone can use it (no […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Winnie Mandela was sworn at, threatened with taser by police, bodyguard says (2011-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2011 by admin

[[Global Shock: This reports needs independent confirmation. ANC wild-card MP, Winnie Mandela (for 30 years one of the most charismatic and wild-card political figures in South African politics, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and ex-ANC Women’s League president) is stopped by the police. Officer Odendaal abused her verbally and then (in bold in the text below) “ … went back to his car to fetch his taser. ‘I said to him that (Mandela’s bodygoard) if he touched me again I would Taser him,’ said Odendaal. A Taser is an electroshock weapon used to send high voltage surging through the target to incapacitate them temporarily.”]]

SOUTH AFRICA – Taser claims lost sales due to Braidwood Enquiry (2010-08-17)

Posted on August 17 2010 by admin

Taser lawyers complain … “that due to the Inquiry’s findings the company has suffered an “economic backlash” that has led to the loss of important contract opportunities in the international marketplace, including a multimillion-dollar deal in South Africa.”

SOUTH AFRICA – Canadian Court ruling finds that Taser stun guns can kill (TASER loses South Africa contract) (2010-08-13)

Posted on August 13 2010 by admin

(EXCERPT … ) By Carl Bronski … The British Columbia Supreme Court handed down a ruling Tuesday vindicating the findings of a provincial public inquiry that tasers can cause serious injury or death. Last year, retired justice Thomas Braidwood issued the first part of a report on the police killing of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Natal – Naidoo’s bail request denied (2008-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2008 by admin

[[GlobalShock: Mathew Naidoo was not granted bail following charges of a particularly gruesome series of murder charges, including that of “Riekie, who was stabbed several times, and had been shocked with a Taser gun, was found with her hands tied and her mouth gagged with a sock and shut with duct tape.”]] By Irene Kuppan […]

SOUTH KOREA – SOUTH AFRICA -Taser International Announces TASER Devices Approved for Field Trials in South Korea (2004-11-16)

Posted on November 16 2004 by admin

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – TASER International, Inc press release …. . (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader in advanced non-lethal devices announced today that TASER technology was approved for trials by the South Korean National Police Agency for field tests and a successful presentation on TASER technology last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Korean National Police […]