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MEC: Corrupt cops report not ignored

2012-07-25 21:36

Cape Town - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato did not ignore a report sent to him about corrupt police officers, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"The report was not ignored - several e-mails were sent to the author [Liza Grobler] thanking her for the submission," Greg Wagner said.

"We welcome these kinds of studies, and we have just partnered with the Institute for Security Studies to promote effective policing, through our "Reward a cop, Report a cop" programme".

The initiative enabled the public to sms, call a hotline, e-mail or use social networking site Twitter to comment on police actions.

The Cape Times reported on Wednesday that Grobler, a criminologist, was dismayed that no action had apparently been taken since she sent findings from her study to various officials.

In her thesis, "The murky symbiosis of dirty cop and gangster", she alleges that police officers steal drugs from court exhibits and use police vehicles to transport drugs for dealers.

She sent a report to Plato in February and said that although he had acknowledged it, 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 Cape Times.

Wagner said some of the problems around police management and control mentioned in the report were similar to what the department had already identified itself.

Comments
  • Garren Nicholson - 2012-07-25 23:38

    its not good 2 hear that police officials do these things and evan worse 2 hear that the statement i just read by some one who is intelligent enough 2 b writting theses` can use words that imply that all police officials transport drugs and steal, instead of 'CORUPT COPS' do criminal activity, im deeply offended by this. the corruption is there and should be stopped but dont de motivate us that do the job properly and up hold the law. I can bet my life on it, that there are plenty police officials that feel the way i do. - from a non corrupt cop. God Bless

      ludlowdj - 2012-07-26 11:13

      Garren I am extremely happy to hear that you are offended, now do something to justify not being labelled as part of a group of criminals. I don't care how good or honest you are, allowing corrupt officers to work in you area is a failing, ommission is also a crime. Also accept that people generalize and as you all wear the same uniform, accept that you will be tarred with the same brush. Point out one police station that is not home to criminal officers and you may have a point, but until you root out your criminal colleagues you will have to live with the generalization.

      John - 2012-07-28 00:54

      I wish you were around when I was attacked by one of your thug colleagues and ten of your thug colleagues omitted to do something about it. You are definitely one of the minority. Your thug colleagues need to learn the constitution criminal procedures act and SAPS Act. Unless YOU restrain these thugs you are one of them.

      John - 2012-07-28 00:54

      I wish you were around when I was attacked by one of your thug colleagues and ten of your thug colleagues omitted to do something about it. You are definitely one of the minority. Your thug colleagues need to learn the constitution criminal procedures act and SAPS Act. Unless YOU restrain these thugs you are one of them.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 07:03

    They were aware in 2006, that sounds like ignoring to me

  • ludlowdj - 2012-07-26 11:14

    "The report was not ignored - several e-mails were sent to the author [Liza Grobler] thanking her for the submission," Greg Wagner said. Oh well thats alright then folk, they didn't ignore it, they said thank you!......bloody morons.

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