Police union seeks inquiry

2012-04-18 14:32

The South African Policing Union has called for the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“To say we are disturbed by the shocking revelations of the abuse of power in the SAPS’s crime intelligence is an understatement,” general secretary Oscar Skommere has said. “The entire SAPS is rotten to the core.”

He said in a statement that there was no effective management in the police service and that a judicial commission was long overdue.

“The police are a vital state organ that we can’t afford to misuse,” said Skommere. “Politics must never be allowed in the police.”

In February, prosecutors withdrew charges against Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli and three others stemming from the 1999 murder of Mdluli’s love rival Oupa Ramogibe.

An inquest has been established to determine whether the State had enough evidence for a trial.

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