Kick out corrupt cops - minister

2010-11-04 11:54

Johannesburg - Corrupt policemen need to be kicked out of the force, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

"We need to clean up cop-tsotsis within the force," said Mthethwa at the launch in Johannesburg of a safer festive season campaign.

"Cop-tsotsis there is no place for you here."

He said 54 police officers were arrested last month.

The safer festive season anti-crime campaign, called "Operation Duty Calls" included a clean-up of the Hillbrow area.

"We need Hillbrow and Berea to go back to (being) the beautiful places where we used to live."

Earlier on Thursday police raided a hijacked building in Berea and arrested 40 wanted criminals.

Mthethwa said these raids would continue.

"These were our streets and we need to take them back from the thugs."