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Pretoria - A staggering 83 percent of South Africans believe the police are corrupt, Transparency International has revealed.
In its Global Corruption Barometer 2013, released this week, Transparency International said South Africa was among 36 countries in which the police were seen as the most corrupt institution.
“About 83 percent of South Africans believed that police were corrupt. Thirty-six percent admitted to having paid bribes to police,” the report said.
She said the murder in broad daylight of people such as taxi driver Mido Macia and activist Andries Tatane by the police was clearly indicative of the kind of police force South Africa had.
“Police demand bribes each time they stop a car, and they threaten those who refuse to pay bribes.
“Police steal from houses of victims of crime when they go to their houses to get statements from the victims.
“This is not surprising as thousands of police officers have criminal records,” Kohler-Barnard said.
Cops sleeping on the job
A CONCERNED resident who wanted to report a burglary at his home on August 22 found three officers at the Ermelo police station asleep on the job.
Now, calls have been made for Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thulani Ntobela to investigate the officers found sleeping on duty at the station.
This follows the release of photos of them snoozing at the station’s charge office.
“We… have been receiving numerous complaints… about police not responding to calls or sleeping while on duty. [We] have now received pictures from a concerned member of the community who discovered the sleeping officials on August 22 while wanting to report a burglary at his home,” provincial DA leader Anthony Benadie said yesterday.
The latest crime statistics for the police station indicate that 28 murders were committed between April 2010 and March last year. There were 25 cases of attempted murder recorded in the same period, while burglaries at residential premises stood at 798, common assault at 543 and commercial crime cases at 357.
TEN Cops And One Former Policeman Learned The Hard Way That No One Is Above The Law!
9 Constables, 1 sergeant and a former SAPS employee were arrested on charges of corruption at the Parow Police Station on Friday.
They allegedly took bribes from suspects and stole evidence. The men were arrested by members of the anti-corruption unit, which was launched two months ago.
Western Cape Commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer welcomed the arrests.
“This will send out a strong message to all police officials that bad elements in the service will not be tolerated.
“We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to corrupt officials,” he said.
Lamoer promised that even though a large number of cops were arrested, the police station would not be affected.
“We wish to assure the community of Parow that service delivery will not be compromised. Measures have been put in place to make sure all services are available,” he said.
The suspects are due to appear in the Bellville Magistrates Court today.
According to the Western Cape police’s latest annual report, 183 cops were found guilty in criminal cases in the past year and 44 of them were specifically found guilty of corruption or corruption-related charges.
Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said he trusted that the arrests would be backed with careful investigation.
“Corruption will not be tolerated. I commend the police for taking action against their own. It is everyone’s role to help keep the police accountable.
“The public should report any wrongdoing, attempted bribery or corruption to their local police,” he said.