Police legal fees reach record highs

2013-11-03 12:26
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Johannesburg - Legal fees incurred by police have shot up to an all time high of R165m in the past financial year - leaving them with the highest legal bill of all government departments.

In 2009 their legal bill was R89m - which means there has been an 85% increase in four years.

According to the Sunday Times, police paid out R210m between January and December last year to settle 3 700 claims, ranging from shootings, wrongful arrests through to inflammatory messages from the top brass. In total, police have paid out R500m since 2009.

According to Johann Burger of the Institute for Security Studies, civil claims involving police brutality had increased by 300% since 2001.

This comes on the heels of another possible law suit against police after they accidentally shot musician Khuli Chana at the Caltex garage along the N1 highway in Midrand last week. Police mistook his luxury vehicle to be that of kidnappers whom they were tracking. A policeman arrested in connection with the kidnapping appeared in the Germiston Regional Court on Wednesday.
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