Gauteng clamps down on corrupt cops

2011-11-03 21:17
Pretoria - At least 469 Gauteng police officers have been arrested for corruption since September last year, the province's commissioner Mzwandile Petros said on Thursday.

He told an Institute of Security Studies seminar in Pretoria he was often asked whether police were not ashamed about the number of corrupt officers.

"Of course we are."

Petros said the 469 had been arrested since he took up his position on September 1 last year.

He said the elimination of corruption among police ranks emerged as one the biggest concerns in meetings he had with Gauteng communities.

Turning to the quality of police service, Petros said resources were being committed to improving detective work.

"Watch this space. There is definitely going to be an improvement."

Some of the measures included continuous monitoring of detectives to ensure that police dockets were processed timeously.

Another was monitoring of detectives and moves to lure back experienced detectives who had left the force.

Referring to a 55% increase in kidnapping cases reported since 2007/08, Petros said most of these crimes were not classical kidnapping cases where a ransom was demanded.

In crime statistics released earlier this year, there were 3 604 cases of this nature.

In the past, hijacking victims tended to be released at the point where their car was taken, Petros said.

Recent trends showed the criminals would put the motorist in the boot and drive around for a number of hours to an isolated spot before releasing the victim.

It would then take the victim longer to raise the alarm.

"If they know that the police are going to be called, they are going to keep you."

Two crimes - that of hijacking and kidnapping - would then be registered.

Speaking about increases in ATM blasts, he said this related directly to the drop in cash-in-transit heists.

As companies and police had become more adept at deterring the heists and protecting the cash in transit, criminals moved to raiding ATMs.

As banks had taken better measures to protect their ATMs, criminals progressed to recruiting mine workers with experience in explosives to blow up ATMs.

Read more on:    police  |  mzwandile petros  |  johannesburg


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

The most important thing today is to do the necessary ground work as tedious and monotonous as it may seem to help you build more

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


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 network.


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.