Despite presenting the arresting officer, Brigadier Ncube, with a court order which says O' Sullivan must be given 48-hours before being arrested, police went ahead anyway and arrested him - illegally - outside Afriforum’s Twane offices at around 9pm last night.
O' Sullivan was taken to the Kameeldrift police station, where he was charged with fraud, intimidation and extortion.
His legal teal embarked on an urgent court application, which resulted in O'Sullivan's release.
Judge Francis Legodi struck the matter off the roll and reserved the right to decide who will foot the legal bill.
Quintus Pelser, O’Sullivan's attorney, said police were in contempt of the order by arresting his client.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
O'Sullivan's other attorney, Sarah-Jane Trent, who was arrested on Friday night on the same charges as O' Sullivan, and charged with impersonating an IPID officer, has been released on R5 000 bail.
Analysing the events, Gareth Newham, Institute of Security Studies Head of Governance, Crime and Justice, concurred with Grootes that it appears we now have a thoroughly politicised police force, where vigilante justice does happen.
They were pulling a fast one. They do understand the law. They should uphold the law and be seen to be doing so. This is a sideshow and a distraction.— Gareth Newham, Head of Governance, Crime and Justice at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS),
Newham explained that this has been enabled by the President's appointment of a person he believes to be loyal to him to run the police, rather than a career appointment.
This politicisation has resulted in a decline in public trust and public support for the police, he said.
This has been an ongoing problem ... going back to the time of Jackie Selebi. Putting people at the top because of their political loyalties has been a huge disaster for SAPS. Crimes that the police should be getting on top of are going up, because they are not getting the kind of support they need.— Gareth Newham, Head of Governance, Crime and Justice at ISS
The National Development Plan recommends that a career police officer be appointed to take over the running of SAPS to allow the rebuilding of trust to slowly begin.
Newham says appointing unpolitical members to clean up the police would be a slow, but a necessary process:
It starts with appointing of National Commissioner and Deputy National Commissioners in an open and transparent and competitive process. ... They [would be] responsible for overseeing an assessment of all the senior appointments over the past few years because we do know that there are a lot of people who were appointed to very senior positions without the necessary skills, who didn't follow proper procedures (for example the head of the Hawks)...— Gareth Newham, Head of Governance, Crime and Justice at ISS
Take a listen to the full interview with Gareth Newham from ISS and EWN's Barry Bateman's update: