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Researcher: Officials knew about corrupt cops

2012-07-25 13:02

Cape Town - A Cape Town criminologist who sent her study on corrupt police officers to various officials is dismayed that no action had been taken, it was reported on Wednesday.

A part of Liza Grobler's thesis, titled "The murky symbiosis of dirty cop and gangster", was sent to community safety MEC Dan Plato in February, the Cape Times reported.

She said that other than acknowledgement of receipt of the report, there was no communication on the findings.

When her study was published in 2006, she had also sent it to then community safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane, his successor Lennit Max and former Western Cape police commissioner Mzwandile Petros.

"I never heard from them...Their whole attitude was extremely strange and they didn't seem to be interested in scratching it open and healing it," Grobler told the newspaper.

Through interviews, it was alleged that police officers were known to steal drugs from court exhibits and act as couriers by using police vehicles to transport drugs for dealers.

Plato's spokesperson Greg Wagner said the MEC received numerous reports on a daily basis.
He said 438 cases of criminal conduct by provincial officers were reported in 2010/2011.

Comments
  • ludlowdj - 2012-07-25 13:32

    Of course they knew about the corruption that is rife, they are the ones that have set down the rules, subordinates will by nature follow the lead of their superiors.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-07-25 13:37

    Why was this not reported on in 2006 when the ANC (who also controls SAPS) run WC. The police does not report to MEC's therefore (MEC's) has limited influance on police activities.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-25 13:53

      u have now switched to "defensive mode". Take responsibility for once otherwise never blame ANC for being defensive when they have to act on something critical.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-07-25 14:10

      @Azande..I am not defending the DA, just stating a fact. DA called for Defence Force to be deployed and who stopped it, Police Minister, shows you who has the final say.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-25 14:41

      but this article talks about DA MECs whom the researcher reported this problem to. So far none of them has done anything, let alone indicating whether something will be done. I do not see how the Defense Force has anything to do with Police colluding with Gangsters. You probably missing the point raised by the research.

      rontheogre - 2012-07-25 18:25

      In Feb, Plato made a statement regarding Police corruption http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Top-cops-being-paid-by-gangs-Plato-20120203. I don't know if this was in response to this report he was handed in Feb 2012.

  • sachasea - 2012-07-25 13:58

    The only way to get rid of this rot once and for all both in terms of criminal gangs and corrupt police officers is to decriminalize/legalize and regulate the production and supply of drugs. This huge source of illegal income is just too tempting for them not to become corrupted. At least the money generated from drug sales would be taxed and end up going towards government departments and hence benefit society at large instead of lining the pockets of criminals as it does currently. I'm not particularly surprised that MEC Dan Plato hasn't responded either. I myself have sent emails to the Democratic Alliance on a few occasions and they just seem to end up falling on deaf ears and get ignored.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-25 14:07

      The only time this country will be able to rid its corruption scourge is when economy and politics are treated as separate. Economy must be ran by Economists not Politicians. Government by Managers not Politicians. Politicians must run politics, the talkshop circus.

  • John - 2012-07-25 14:12

    With Jackie Selebi setting the example why should any subordinate underling do anything differently? The pay packet is mych too small in comparison to the corrupt income which puts the receiver into the super tax bracket and is not even taxed SARS and SARB are being robbed. They had better do something about it.

  • John - 2012-07-25 14:12

    With Jackie Selebi setting the example why should any subordinate underling do anything differently? The pay packet is mych too small in comparison to the corrupt income which puts the receiver into the super tax bracket and is not even taxed SARS and SARB are being robbed. They had better do something about it.

  • Matthew - 2012-07-25 14:14

    Typical SAPS

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-25 14:42

      ...of Western Cape.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-07-25 16:01

    Here is my report on the corruption in SA politics. The entire anc government is corrupt. The end.

  • aiazmir - 2012-07-25 18:27

    When the head is rotten the whole fish smells. This can be said of the entire entourage of the ANC.

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