Gauteng clamps down on corrupt cops
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.