119 cops fired for fraud, corruption

2010-12-07 11:04

Johannesburg - A total of 119 police officers and administrative staff were fired for fraud and corruption in the 2009/2010 financial year, the police ministry said in a reply to be presented to Parliament on Tuesday.

"The clean-up operation of corrupt police officers and staff who are not deserving to be in the South African Police Service (SAPS), resulted in the dismissal of 119 members in the 2009/2010 financial year," a statement read.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was providing information on 362 investigations regarding disciplinary steps for fraud and corruption against employees in the 2009/2010 fiscal year.

In Gauteng 72 were dismissed, followed by Western Cape at 15 and Mpumalanga at 14. Of the total cases investigated, 29 received suspended dismissals, 26 were suspended dismissals with fines, 53 were found not guilty and 99 cases were withdrawn.

Rotten apples

The dismissals include administrative staff at provincial and head office.

Cases investigated ranged from financial mismanagement, bribery, missing dockets as well as some police officers collaborating with criminals in offences such as robberies and vehicle hijackings.

"We shall never get tired of ridding the SAPS of rotten apples who may be within the force; in fact we shall become more determined to ensure that only law-abiding police and staff members remain in the force," Mthethwa said.

"We would rather lose a hundred corrupt cops and be left with ten morally-upright, committed and disciplined police officers."

The ministry's recruitment process would in future put emphasis on "quality rather than quantity", because they could not fight crime if staffers were themselves involved.

The "clean up" campaign would be ongoing.

  • daboss247365 - 2010-12-07 11:18

    Well done Minister & General on big steps in the right direction!!! Some good news & room for hope at last! - 2010-12-07 12:41

      Only 119 cops, including Administrative Staff! This minute fraction in my opinion Mr Police Minister, is not impressive at all, in fact it devalues your position. Considering the national outcry and thousands upon thousands of reports on police corruptions, you have the audacity to report the firing of a measly 119 cops! SHOCKING, REALLY SHOCKING! If I were you I would revaluate my investigative team. Then hopefully the 2010/2011 reporting will reflect that your office is serious about eradicating bribery and corruption.

      Foreigner - 2010-12-07 13:01

      Totally agree with above. The entire SA police force is made up of armed robbers and criminals. Some of us who drive to South Africa through its borders know first hand the criminality one encounters at it's border controls. Ironically this was never so during the apartheid era. There was a real police force back then we all were completely comfortable with. Bring those guys back PLEASE!

      vorenuslucious - 2010-12-07 13:15

      No, little steps, lets see if they actually follow through. Doubt it.

      Retahreffak - 2010-12-07 14:19

      @Foreigner, yes, ypu are right, during the apartheid era when you cross the border into another state (even Transkei at that stage) you were on your hood and on your guard, because you left the safety of South Africa and was going into a dangerous country. Now it's like that when you return to South Africa.

      F--- My Life - 2011-02-04 19:51

      Ah, yes... "Well done" on finding 119 fall guys and women. Naturally, they themselves remain in office and continue to employ useless excuses for what could be a job that would receive a just pay if there weren't so many pathetic reprobates in uniform making corruption possible.

      lean - 2011-03-14 15:44

      So if they were a government mob, now cos they fired, they become just an ordinary mob...

  • Kristi10 - 2010-12-07 11:20

    Good get rid of the rotten apples.

  • Aj - 2010-12-07 11:24

    IS THAT ALL.. how many corrupt politicians has been evicted from the party ?

      daboss247365 - 2010-12-07 11:37

      Save it for the right topic.. are you never satisfied with anything???

      April - 2010-12-07 11:38

      My thoughts exactly, when are they going to do the same on the polotical front. It should start at the top, otherwise it is pointless.

      djmilano.26 - 2010-12-07 14:18

      eish why dont you just congradulate the police and stop saying stupid things

  • wcmanderson - 2010-12-07 11:31

    why were they just fired? isnt fruad a criminal offence especially since they are police officers!!! they should be handed criminal sentences

      Will99 - 2010-12-07 12:36

      I agree! They should stand for it and get sentenced, but good work so far!

      rodneykdc - 2010-12-07 13:37

      No in SA you get a fat golden handshake including a pension & med aide for life instead

  • martin.obrien1 - 2010-12-07 11:34

    Oh so you only get fired for corruption and fraud? Should they not be in jail?

      AJ - 2010-12-07 12:35

      AJ - yeah I've never understood the logic. Private citizens are prosecuted, govt employees are fired. Start jailing some guys, dishing out hectic community service (a better option) or something like that.

  • Beverley - 2010-12-07 11:35

    Finally some justice!!! I hope the Cops that stole my camera was amongst them!!!

  • Vedder - 2010-12-07 11:35

    A very weel done to all! It just scares me that these jobless trained cops now need some way to make a living.For the country's sake, i hope its an honest way!!

  • Lionel - 2010-12-07 11:48

    And I wonder how many cops are sitting at home after been suspended and drawing a salary every month? I bet far more than the 119 that where fired.

  • Ammie - 2010-12-07 11:52

    They'll probably still get a salary for the next 10 years... they're "mos" not guilty...

  • cosmic_99 - 2010-12-07 11:52

    can nobody in this country just be decent? what is it about this place????? i am sick of this rubbish.

  • - 2010-12-07 11:52

    Only fired or fined? What about stiff jail sentences? Its a joke- only the tip of the iceberg. I am afraid Africa is too far gone and corruption is a way of life there.

  • GT - 2010-12-07 12:01

    Now want about about investigating the corrupt former chief of the army who last week was found to have received a large "load" from the chief crook in the arms deal?

  • Jo - 2010-12-07 12:02

    It's a start, but one can only wonder how many rapists, murderers and armed robbers went unpunished as a result of corruption - and how many firearms 'lost' or sold went on to be used in homicides. I'm not convinced that being fired is appropriate.

  • Zolani - 2010-12-07 12:10

    so lets get this straight, If A police person steals, or is corrupt they get fired, with pension etc. If I steal or Bribe or extort, I go to Jail, where can i sign up

  • Reveal Them - 2010-12-07 12:12

    Not nearly enough.

  • Spade - 2010-12-07 12:13

    These are only the SAPS police. I wonder what the Metro figures would look like. My perception is that it would be easier to report on the numbers of Metro cops that are not corrupt...

  • bumblebee - 2010-12-07 12:13

    Not a bad start! Now get going on the hospital staff, Justice officials, Parliament members, the Master's office (big one here that no one seems to know about); Social Services etc, etc ...

  • 4daluvofSA - 2010-12-07 12:15

    cicici...people can't you just say well done and shut up!? For everygood that is done in SA you all have to point out the negative! Do you do the same to your kids.."well you got an A+ but you need to loose that weight"

      bumblebee - 2010-12-07 12:26

      Naaaa, theres not much goodness and mercy in SA ......I'll say well done and shut up ... in Africa time! - 2010-12-07 13:19

      4daluvofSA, yes, if I believed that my child is capable of doing more, of course I will put pressure on him/her to do better. However, this topic is not about the academic achievements of our children. It has got to do with fully grown adults, who are placed in positions of authority in order to serve and protect the people, but instead they abuse these positions by soliciting bribes, selling their firearms, raping, robbing etc. etc. etc. Is this what my taxi contribution is funding - legalised organised crime! If I had a choice of where I would like to allocate my taxi money - it would certainly not be to the Police Force, not until they clean up their act.

      cervezab - 2010-12-07 14:24

      and how in your opinion is this comparable to an overweight kid with an A+? oh wait, now I get it... Maybe if they come home with an A+ people will stop complaining, but I must admit, the D- of this year is much better than last year's F

      4daluvofSA - 2010-12-07 15:35

      It is called positive reinforcement! You cannot say good but.... The world cup was good but..... go to

  • 24User - 2010-12-07 12:53

    you need to ask, who many have been re-employed by SAPS?

  • Boerseun - 2010-12-07 12:58

    Taking into account the numbers mentioned of those accused , this is a drop in the bucket. Thousands were and are most probably still busy stealing social grants and they fore 119, come on Cele, wake up.

  • Wow! - 2010-12-07 13:13

    Frankly the problem is vastly larger than 119 policemen. Not impressed. Do you mean business Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa or are you still playng games.

      Pete - 2010-12-07 14:06

      I wonder how corrupt the minister is himself?

  • vorenuslucious - 2010-12-07 13:18

    Blow it out your arse Nathi.

  • yeldarb - 2010-12-07 13:22

    mmmmmh i wonder.Its easy to generate statistics isnt it??

  • Jannie - 2010-12-07 13:58

    Of all the dishonest corrupt police officials, there are only 119 that are not members of the ANC!

  • Retahreffak - 2010-12-07 14:13

    And that is only the tip of teh iceberg. That numberr can be multiplied x100 if all of the corrupt puppet police were correctly procecuted.

  • Viv - 2010-12-07 14:16

    WELL BLOODY DONE!! This is excellent and about time. Let's just hope it continues and the 'Top Cops' also are investigated no matter their rank or family ties.

  • Natasja - 2010-12-07 14:18

    So how do you explain a corrupt Cop being investigated for Fraud and then being promoted to General and then insisting that he wants to stay in Police housing ment for Low rankign officers?

  • Natasja - 2010-12-07 14:18

    So how do you explain a Corrupt cop being promoted to General?

  • Thangy - 2010-12-07 14:26

    Isn't FRAUD a criminal offence?? and this muppet expects us to do cartwheels over 119 criminals being "fired" for committing crime as police officers? throw us a bone why dont you

  • Christo Viljoen - 2010-12-07 14:39

    Suspend them with pay, get the Police to investigate and get them through court …no evidence and case thrown out and later they are back behind there desk with a nice lawsuit account or settlement……

  • KaiinSA - 2010-12-07 14:52

    The reason the number is so low is because they could only fire the ones who had nothing on the top bods and could prove that corruption goes right to the top.

  • Rick - 2010-12-07 15:00

    This is not good enough - I have encountered so many aggressive, corrupt SAPS and Metro staff, the problem won't be solved with a mere 119 dismissals. SAPS / Metro is not just rotten, it is festering.

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  • SuckSesStory - 2010-12-15 14:01

    Ok. Nuf sed.. 119 fired?? ok... now we need to know what their names are and what station they were at.. otherwise it remains a pure exercise in statistics..

  • Thriel - 2010-12-29 08:59

    how did so many of them get into the policeman position in the first place ? that is the real question, and what steps are being taken to prevent more scumbags from becoming policemen ? just firing them as you find them is not good enough.

  • BigAl - 2010-12-29 10:11

    Mmmmm 119 well done Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Is that 119 per day??? Or per week??? You did not say. What a bloody joke dear police minister. Just look around this website and you see how bad is really is. -Cops arrested for robbery. -Limpopo bribe cop charged. -Cops lose 5,300 firearms. -Cops rent out police gear. -Drunk cop smashes into cars. -Police clerk steals R44, 900. I will stop there I have not got enough hours to type it all in. So how do we stop it EASY. Every new recruit must sign a contract of employment, which states that as a police officer they are to enforce the law and abide by it. The punishment for breaking this contract is five years imprisonment for every offence. Plus you must pay a fair wage not the peanuts they get, and the training second to none. Believe me you will get the best police force ever.

  • archilito - 2011-01-12 18:34

    Another publicity stunt. These so called Rotten apples are just pawns. You never hear big fat cats are being investigated and now we have to praise and give thanks, we are paying you to serve and protect but instead another promotion and more corruption. Gatvol!

      Neutral-brow - 2011-02-21 16:44

      wht r u saying? Selebi was caught?

  • Xian - 2011-03-16 15:29

    That all sounds good but still only certain race groups get the posts and promotions what is the use of trying to get rid of currupt cops but the people in key posts is to equipted to do the job, why must police be policing themselves now we heard 7000 Lt. posts will be advertised from 1 April 2011 again only certain race groups will be promoted what a laugh our police force is a laugh

  • nic - 2011-03-16 15:59

    OK, but should there not also be criminal charges laid against these corrupt bastards??

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2011-09-28 09:51

    A great start, but nowhere near enough of these corrupt oficials have been caught as yet.

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