Tsotsi cops: not dismissed

2013-03-27 00:00

THOUSANDS of police officers have been criminally convicted but not dismissed from the SA Police Service, Parliament’s portfolio committee on police has heard.

The head of the Institute of Security Studies’ governance, crime and justice division, Gareth Newham, told the committee that South Africa could not rely on the criminal justice system to deal with the problem of “tsotsi cops”. He suggested a multi-disciplinary national police board to set objective standards for appointing and promoting police officers. Newham said all officers should be assessed against set criteria and those who fail must be removed — starting from the top. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said most officers were dedicated to their jobs.

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