30 cops arrested - Petros

2010-09-30 14:25

Johannesburg - Thirty Gauteng police officers and one public prosecutor were arrested in September, the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said on Thursday.

Petros, who was speaking at an Institute for Security Studies conference in Muldersdrift, said that police would continue to have a "corporate identity" problem with such cases.

He said that there needed to be a sustained effort to ensure that those recruited are good police officers who are prepared to fight crime even in their own ranks.

"We need to be seen to be doing something," he said, adding that most of the arrests related to drugs cases and police dockets going missing.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who also addressed the conference, said: "We need to get rid of these rotten potatoes. We are going to tell the world 'here are the corrupt former police officers. We don't need them'."

'No secrecy'

He said that there should be no secrecy when police root out criminal elements within the police force.

He praised many officers, whom he said were "heeding the call" to arrest corrupt police officers.

The police were looking at how they recruited officers to ensure that the force obtained the quality it needed.

New recruits needed to be inspired by their commanding officers. Too often recruits' enthusiasm for a career in the police was destroyed.

"We want young people to want to become police officers, we do not want their spirits dampened by corrupt police officers."

Research

Researchers had an important role to play and to contribute towards reducing violent crime in South Africa.

He said they could play a critical role in researching the reasons behind violent crime.

"There are many developing nations with economies bigger or smaller than South Africa which do not have the level of violence that exists in South Africa. We would expect researchers to probe this aspect," he said.

He said that police also needed to communicate their arrests to the public. The failure of police to communicate their successes did them no favours and contributed to a poor public perception.

Police still needed to address the issue of policing in rural areas. Police stations tended to be located in cities and towns, leaving rural residents at the mercy of criminals.

He said that a major challenge was to rid the country of illegal firearms.

In the fight against drugs, he said that there needed to be more focus on transnational crimes.

As well as upgrading the quality of detective work, the SAPS forensic capabilities needed to be improved.

"We are well aware that we cannot strengthen our detective services without equally addressing our forensic capacity."
- SAPA
Read more on:    sapf  |  mzwandile petros  |  nathi mthethwa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.