Serious crimes are being committed by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). A total of 308 members in the Eastern Cape had criminal charges laid against them in the 2014/15 financial year for corruption, fraud, murder, negligent loss of a firearm, theft and a host of other indictments.
Only seven members have been convicted.
The SAPS is the last place where criminals should be lurking. It only serves to forfeit the public’s trust and tarnish the good name and reputation of hard working members of the SAPS who often work under trying circumstances.
According to a reply to a legislature question I asked Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana, the charges included 26 cases of corruption, 73 of fraud, 22 for allowing a prisoner to escape, 31 for drunk driving, 23 for the negligent loss of a firearm, 11 for rape and 11 for murder.
Due to the nature of police work, there will be a certain level of temptation and opportunities to commit wrongs such as theft but under a DA government, psychometric testing would be done to ensure that new recruits are of the right calibre.
If the SAPS are to enjoy the public’s full trust, the criminals in their ranks need to be removed.
The DA will continue to monitor this issue and will ask further questions as to what steps are being taken to reduce the prevalence of crime in the SAPS.
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