Mthethwa disgusted at cases against cops

2011-08-08 22:37
Pretoria - A total of 768 criminal cases were filed against police officers since January 2009, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday.

This includes 516 cases of assault, 50 of murder, 94 of rape, seven attempted rapes and 71 of sexual assault, he said in a written parliamentary reply on the number of such cases that have been filed so far.

"These statistics are appalling and disgusting to say the least. We do not think the figures are new but what is new is our concerted effort in rooting out such criminality," said Mthethwa.

He said any of their members found guilty of any of these charges "deserves to rot in jail and the key thrown away".

"In fact, the punishment of such criminals in blue uniforms should be [harsher than for] normal criminals."

Mthethwa said it was "increasingly worrying" and "unacceptable" that some amongst the almost 200 000 police officers entrusted with protecting the vulnerable and weak, end up traumatising and abusing people.

"We are looking at each case, monitoring the progress and have been assured by management that internal disciplinary actions have been taken in most of these," he said.

"It is a sad picture to see police officers trading their blue uniforms for the orange ones.

"We shall continue to investigate, prosecute, convict and dismiss such corrupt cops as soon as they are identified or reported."

Remedial steps in dealing with such criminality include monitoring the behaviour of officers at police stations, co-operating with the other justice, crime prevention and security cluster ministries to ensure harsher punishments for such members.

Mthethwa said they were also strengthening policies internally, in terms of blacklisting them for any future government employment.
- SAPA
Read more on:    police  |  nathi mthethwa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
40 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

At last you are able to see the light. You are able to break through obstacles in an innovative and original way. Visualisation is...read more

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.