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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.

Comments
  • Kenjaymay - 2011-11-03 22:11

    That's brilliant 469 arrested......Now what are you going to do about the other 20,000 corrupt cops?

  • Dave - 2011-11-03 22:32

    How long does it take for JMPD to get these low life specimens convicted, as they will all be suspended on FULL PAY, until convicted.

  • Jacque - 2011-11-03 22:34

    Corrupt government officials, corrupt policeman, corrupt commissioners, its daily in the papers, surely the bigger question should be "who elects these people ?" and how are they going to rectify the selection process ? All the focus is on the corruption itself, and nothing is being done to prevent more corruption from entering positions of power. ANYONE with ANY kind of record on their name should NOT even be considered for any kind of government position, if you have a record of any kind your CV should be tossed. some of these guys already have 20 to 30 charges pending on their names, yet somehow they still end up in a position of power, and then 12 months down the line people are so "shocked" to find out he or she stole again ? Make me president, i will fix this country. first thing is to fire the whole government, make each and everyone re apply for their jobs, and i will have a specialized selection panel to decide who stays and goes, and it will be VERY tough to get back in. Second thing is to bring back the death penalty and shorten the deathrow waiting period. thirdly make eduction FREE for all, people should not be paying to get educated, so many really smart people born into poor communities where they cant afford education and lead well below their potential. the list goes on, there is so much that the government should be focusing on, yet they don't seem interested if there is no personal profit to be made .... This will end in revolution, mark my words ...

  • Peter - 2011-11-04 07:30

    Why are concentrating on detectives? The corrupt ons are the top brass..... go after them and then weed out the constables at ground level

  • Bill - 2011-11-04 07:49

    I was sitting in my double cab car at the post office yesterday flipping through my mail. I could see clearly down into the VW golf next to me which had a well dressed African lady about 35 years old behind the wheel. I noticed an African guy in civilian clothes wearing a peak crouched speaking to her through her window, I noticed she was crying and kept wiping away tears a number of times…..! Then I saw her put her bag on her lap and she took out a wad of hundred rand notes and started counting. I never managed to count the amount but I would guess at least R10,000-00 or more. She slipped the wad to the man and he pocketed it and walk away, the next surprise was that he got into a Police van parked in the row behind us, registration number NDM6692 There was definitely a darker side to what had just transpired here…!

  • hein.huyser - 2011-11-04 08:28

    My word, do we have that many cops in Gauteng? Where are they when you need one then? Now for the Metros Oom Petros, they are part and parcel of the rot

  • Karabo - 2011-11-04 11:34

    It is good to see that the corrupt police men are being delt with. How the hell are we supposed to feel safe when the people we depend on for safety are so corrupt? Thats why communities also have Crime Spotter so that we have each others back and take the responsibility of reporting crimes in our neighbourhoods. www.mobilitate.co.za Report all your crimes on Crime Spotter.

  • patricia.donalds - 2011-11-04 14:55

    Can you provide information on the methods and tools used by this police force to identify the corruption? Maybe other departments can follow their lead.

  • Terry Wagar - 2014-03-08 18:21

    Police are not the ONLY corrupt part of government to worry about, our whole emergency system is corrupt! Charge a cop with a felony crime and witness for yourself that emergency responders will NOT take your complaint and will NOT ACT on your complaint! It's enough to know the whole system is Fascist and that the system AS A WHOLE covers for corruption by refusing to accept complaints from citizens! When cops REFUSE to take complaints on corrupt officer's and even firefighters and doctors at hospitals refuse to take complaints, then you live in a Fascist country no matter WHAT your news reporters tell you. Propaganda TV tells people we have rights and due process and so on, yet when you actually put it in practice and get off your ass and actually CHARGE one of these corrupt cops, THAT'S when the system as a whole, just for YOU, makes it known their is no such thing as justice or due process! Fascist country's ALWAYS take control of the media, which is WHY the media calls it corruption instead of outright Fascism, media downplays the problem to keep sleeping people still asleep. Charge a cop, WATCH how NO ONE will take YOUR COMPLAINT! Watch how everyone you complain to puts up a front acting like nothings wrong in order to cover up and suppress your complaints! Cops are lying Fascist pigs that get paid to lie to people and to stage crimes in order to frame people, and when anyone complains then THAT PERSON gets BATTERED by police! Police are Fascist liars!

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