187 cops caught in less than 2 months

2013-09-29 14:33
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Pretoria - Statistics compiled by the South African Police Services' human resources division show that 187 police officers were arrested for crimes between 8 July and 26 August this year.

According to the Sunday Times, 39 officers were arrested on suspicion of murder, 23 for corruption, 20 for robbery and 14 for rape.

This comes after the police’s top brass instructed provincial and divisional commissions in July to start reporting the arrests of staff within 24 hours and to submit weekly reports to General Riah Phiyaga, the national police commissioner.

Among those arrested were 131 constables, 28 warrant officers, 11 sergeants, 10 captains, four lieutenant-colonels and three lieutenants. At least 80 were from Gauteng, 32 from KwaZulu-Natal and 16 each from the Western and Eastern Cape. Some officers have since resigned or have been dismissed after facing disciplinary hearings.

Double murder

In the latest case a policeman was arrested on Friday, hours after he allegedly shot dead his girlfriend and another man in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, Gauteng police said.

On Thursday night, the 27-year-old constable went to the 21-year-old woman's house and found another man there, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

The policeman kicked down the door and allegedly assaulted the man, after which a case of malicious damage to property was laid against him.

Around 07:00 on Friday, the policeman returned to the woman's house and another argument broke out.

"He took out his service pistol and fired shots [at] both the victims and fled the scene."

Mogale said both the woman and the 25-year-old man were killed.

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