900+ cops charged for helping with escapes

2014-07-25 14:38


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Cape Town - More than 900 police officers were charged over the past three years for helping with an escape, but only 30 of them have been fired, according to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, tabled on Friday, he said 907 police officers had been charged with "aiding an escapee" during the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years.

Of the 907 charged, 288 were found not guilty of the offence, while 516 were found guilty. A total of 103 of the cases were withdrawn.

Of the 516 found guilty, only 30 were dismissed.

Figures included 231 fined, or counselled (10), or issued a verbal warning (14), or a written warning (93), or a final written warning (70), or suspended without pay (six), and/or received a suspended sanction or suspended dismissal (63 and 111 respectively).

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