449 cops fired for crime - Mthethwa

2013-08-23 07:40
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - A total of 449 police officials have been fired over the past year for crime, according to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

In written reply to a parliamentary question, he suggested the figure could rise even higher because "many of the criminal matters that occurred since January [this year] may not as yet have been finalised by the NPA and investigators".

Mthethwa was responding to a question posed by Inkatha Freedom Party MP Velaphi Ndlovu: "What is the total number of police officials who have been found to be involved in criminal activities since January 1, 2013?"

Mthethwa replied: "The number of police officers who have been fired as a result of crimes they committed 2012-2013, was 449."

It is not clear whether Mthethwa was referring to the 2012/13 financial year (from 1 April 2012, to end March this year) or the 2012 calendar year and the current one, to date.

His reply comes after a two-year audit of the police revealed last month that 1 448 current police employees had committed crimes.

"The audit established that 1 448 members have criminal offences," Mthethwa said in a statement at the time.

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