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Govt rooting out rotten cops - Mthethwa

2011-12-01 12:45

Johannesburg - The government is making a concerted effort to address crime within the police, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Sandton on Thursday.

"Much as we are tough in dealing with criminality, we are doing the same in arresting and convicting police officers who are involved in crime," he told delegates at an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) conference.

He said within the few years he had been in his portfolio it was evident this problem began at the point of recruitment.

Recruitment

"Some of the people we recruit, in no time they are involved in crime," he said.

"Communities should be involved in one way or the other to ensure that at the end of the day we don't get people who find their way into the [SA Police Service] simply because they have money or perhaps they have bribed their way into [being recruited]."

When they audited recruitment, they found there was a recruitment officer in provinces and it was problematic that such an important task was in the hands of one person.

The police needed referrals from the areas where candidates came from. The person may not have been convicted, but the community could say whether they were a problem.

The public would find hope in knowing the police wanted an "upstanding person".

"Some of the people you have recruited, you find out they have been involved in criminal activities," he said.

"You look at the person and you see how he walks and you think how did it come in the first place [that this person was recruited]?"

Isolating 'rotten apples'

He praised the ISS for its "Reward a Cop, Report a Cop" initiative, launched in September.

It was important to encourage people to recognise and support good police officers and isolate "rotten apples" who misused their positions.

The government was pleased with the overall reductions in crime, but was still concerned about the two percent increase in rape and the increase in ATM bombings.

A greater understanding of the nature of crime was required, in particular why crime in South Africa was so violent. More information was needed on why crime was being committed by repeat offenders, he said.

In spite of rehabilitation, some people were even more hardened, and conferences such as the ISS one, could help find out why this happened.

Comments
  • Deeteem - 2011-12-01 12:58

    "Some of the people you have recruited, you find out they have been involved in criminal activities" Excuse me Nathi, checking someone out is a lot like spell check !! You have to know where to look !!

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 13:03

      "Some of the people we recruit, in no time they are involved in crime," he said. Yes.. GOVERNMENT IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM!

  • Impi - 2011-12-01 13:00

    Dear Minister,some bad news for you. You will have to start leading by example. You can't expect a corrupt free police force when your whole government is stealing!

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2011-12-01 13:05

    There are means and ways of checking out a person's background like the ITC services, Lexus Nexus Identity etc. Surely if this was done right in the beginning all this could have been avoided! Just shows you that someone or people are not doing their job properly.

      Impi - 2011-12-01 13:22

      LOL. Charmain I have bad news for you. I work at a banking group and NOBODY has a good ITC record. Let us use some of your other suggestions.

      TSR01 - 2011-12-01 14:06

      "I work at a banking group and NOBODY has a good ITC record." - by your own statement, that includes yourself, Impi. :)

      Impi - 2011-12-01 15:07

      @TSR01. This actually is a serious matter and not completely the fault of the people. If they pay an account a few days late their credit score is negatively affected. everything is computerised and the computers are scoring the people, even you. Go study the credit scoring system before you blast me with a childish comment like this.

  • Alva - 2011-12-01 13:20

    Nathi, RSA won't be rid of corrupt cops until we are rid of corrupt politicians!

  • Larry - 2011-12-01 13:26

    The Buck stops with Mthetwa, so he should join the "Rooted"

  • Victor - 2011-12-01 13:28

    Funny, in the old SA your criminal records and history were checked before u were accepted in the force. And O yes, and don't forget the required matric education. Wonder why our police force are so corrupt and ineffective. Feel so sorry for the handfull of real dedicated policemen out there. We salute them.

      Sharon - 2011-12-01 13:44

      Victor, the way cops are recruited I think is because "JOBS" were promised to people if they voted "CORRECTLY".........lol I don`t think any recruits over the last 17 years obtained a Matric pass. I also beg to ask " The community could say if they were/are a problem"...... I dont think so .....more than likely they put you there to help them with more crimes

  • Wes - 2011-12-01 13:36

    He said within the few years he had been in his portfolio it was evident this problem began at the point of recruitment. HUH!!!!!!need I say more

  • Heini - 2011-12-01 13:44

    Personally, I was a big fan of Bheki Cele. Can we not have just one person of power, who actually delivers on what they say.....Well, you know what they say about absolute power.......

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 13:53

      YEs.. Power corrupts the mind and in this case the ANC in general.. Not difficult corrupting someone with a peanut for a brain? Eish.. Stomach in chest out

  • Andrew - 2011-12-01 13:52

    Yeah- start with yourself!!!

  • jackal666.daniel - 2011-12-01 13:57

    Too little too late...

  • Maai - 2011-12-01 13:57

    The quick and effective way would be to fire all of the top brass.

  • Hannes - 2011-12-01 13:59

    And shortly we will be prohibited, under sentence of going to jail for 25yrs, of reporting yet another form of corruption!

  • Rob - 2011-12-01 14:05

    The headline should read: Govt rooting out competition

  • J.D. - 2011-12-01 14:11

    Eish nati you are talking a hell of a job. May end up without a police force if you apply the rules. Think about the headlines. "Minister of police without a force"

  • Heini - 2011-12-01 14:13

    @servaasD. Very lame post! Actually the saying goes; absolute power, corrupts absolutely. Please refrain from making comments about inadequate brain sizes, when clearly yours is nothing to write home about.

      George - 2011-12-01 14:24

      Pot calling the kettle black What a shame

  • Chris - 2011-12-01 14:57

    government doesn't want competition I doubt anyone that has a sensible head trusts police or government. I get stopped in a regular traffic stop, my cars fine, licence fine everything fine they want to arrest me cos i have a beard and claim its not my licence and get screamed at by a cop for arguing polity that it was me, that's just an example how the pigs are.. Police are disgusting they should do physiological evaluations before they become cops. If i gave him hundred bucks i wouldn't of had any trouble. Serve and protect my ass

  • Perfume - 2011-12-01 16:21

    The rotten cops have learnt from the best teachers in the country, these teachers are government employed.

  • Paulo - 2011-12-01 16:45

    "He said within the few years he had been in his portfolio it was evident this problem began at the point of recruitment." I guess better late than never hey but any who had half a brain cell could have told you that on day one minister (which just leaves me to the only assupmtion you and your government don't give a toss)

  • hpitout - 2011-12-01 18:19

    A move in the right direction. May many heads roll! Keep an eye on votersvibe.com

  • Ryan - 2011-12-12 10:57

    start with Cele - why is that thug not yet in prison?

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-15 14:40

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