MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


SAPS Must Remove Officers with Criminal Records

27 February 2014  

   

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been proven to be rotten to the core, with a great number of personnel having criminal records. Last year the minister of Police revealed that an audit had found that 1448 members countrywide had committed criminal offences.

  

Now a leaked report in The Herald newspaper reveals that 228 police officers in the Eastern Cape are convicted of 885 crimes that include murder, rape, fraud, theft, possession of drugs, kidnapping and negligent driving. 

 

What is unacceptable is that most of these criminals are still on the SAPS pay roll and are still working. The minister of Police and National Police Commissioner must move speedily in removing these criminals as they are tarnishing the image of SAPS in our communities and putting the lives of our citizens at risk. 

 

The minister must also expose those police who were named in the report leaked to The Herald; they should be suspended with immediate effect. Having a criminal record and being employed in the SAPS should not be possible. 

 

Trade unions, POPCRU and SAPU should not meddle in investigations that are conducted on police personnel just because these people are members of their respective unions. Trade Unions must understand that SAPS is a very important body in our country. It should not have any convicted criminals within its ranks. 

 

Such behaviour by the unions will only encourage members to commit criminal offences as they will be aware that their unions will defend and prevent investigations from being conducted upon them. 

 

The IFP urges the board conducting investigations into SAPS personnel to continue its work without fear or favour. They must name and shame those who are involved in crime. 

 

The IFP wishes to see all police personnel respecting their oaths and upholding the laws of South Africa. 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803

 

 For media enquiries contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucusí Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252