Criminal cops: MEC gives facts

2010-08-24 00:00

A STAGGERING 152 police officers in KwaZulu-Natal have appeared in courts since the beginning of the year on serious charges that include murder, attempted murder, rape and drunken driving, while a further 72 have been charged but have yet to appear in court.

Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu disclosed this in response to questions from the Democratic Alliance spokesperson on Community Safety, Sizwe Mchunu.

He said the DA has taken note with alarm of the startling statistics and the party has called for harsher measures against police officers who turn to crime.

“...The message that these statistics convey is that the very people we rely upon to protect us in all probability cannot be trusted. How can we take our police force seriously if it is ...contributing to lawlessness?” he asked.

Replying to Roman Liptak of the Inkatha Freedom Party, MEC Mchunu said 89 SAPS facilities in KZN, including 69 police stations, are guarded by private security firms at a cost of R16,5 million per month.

The MEC said 205 private security personnel have been hired to guard police premises, so that more policemen are able to perform their primary function — to fight crime.

“If the department’s argument in favour of private security personnel is taken to its logical conclusion, and if private security guards are more effective crime fighters than SAPF personnel, shouldn’t more policing be out-sourced to the private sector?” asked Liptak.

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