Police have ‘a pattern of criminality’, research shows

2015-01-28 13:33

South African cops are planning and executing serious and violent crimes, new research suggests.

The South African Institute of Race Relations, working with AfriForum, today released a report called Broken Blue Line 2. The police have moved swiftly to distance themselves from the report.

Among Broken Blue Line 2’s key findings are:

» Allegations of police officers being involved in committing serious and violent crime are not just isolated incidents;

» Police criminality doesn’t simply relate to corruption – researchers say there is a “pattern” of organisation;

» In many cases involving perpertrators wearing police uniform, the criminals are not just posing as cops – they are the real thing and are sometimes on duty when committing crimes; and,

» The low conviction rate of implicated officers suggests that police management doesn’t really take the problem seriously.

Frans Cronje, the chief executive of the Institute of Race Relations, said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the police’s watchdog, simply couldn’t deal with the scale of the problem.

“A new proactive investigative agency must be established within the department of justice to actively infiltrate and root out criminal officers,” Cronje said. He said that a 2013 police parliamentary submission revealed that one in 100 police officers were convicted criminals.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said that national commissioner General Riah Phiyega had met with Cronje and Ian Cameron of AfriForum, which funded the report, on Friday.

“Phiyega requested the meeting in order to gain insight into the contents of the report,” Makgale said.

He said the report’s methodology was “fundamentally flawed” and that the police were not approached during the research process.

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