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
The IFP wishes to see all police personnel
respecting their oaths and upholding the laws of South Africa.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
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