Cop crimes go unpunished

2013-07-21 10:11

Johannesburg - Almost 9 000 police members face charges for crimes they are meant to prevent, but official statistics show that less than 100 of these will ever be convicted and punished.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate, that investigates complaints against the police is also falling behind as allegations rocket, reports the Sunday Independent newspaper.

Insiders meanwhile say the police often ignore the watchdog’s recommendations.

According to the South African Police Service 2013 annual performance plans, as of March 31, a total of 8 846 officers faced charges such as assault, rape, theft and corruption.

An analysis meanwhile of the complaints laid with the watchdog shows that convictions have remained static at less than 40 a year.

Zweli Mnisi, spokesperson for Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, said management had been instructed to take a hard line on criminality. But with criminal prosecutions failing, many victims of police crime are resorting to civil courts for compensation.

“We are also deeply concerned about the number and amount of litigations against the department. The SAPS paid over R200-million in respect of civil claims, representing 3 773 payments from April 1 2012 to March 31 2013,” said Mnisi.

  • Mfundzi Manocha Risenga Zaveni - 2013-07-21 10:23


      JD Weilbach - 2013-07-21 11:44

      This is what happens in a POLICE STATE under the RULE (viz not govern - they cannot govern a country) of a BLACK NATIONALIST (note - the Nazi's were a white nationalist regime - ie the ANC is a black Nazi organisation) goon regime. The SAPS is the ANC 'machine' to limit the rights and/or intimidate SA's white minority - it is by no measure conceivable intended to serve the people, most definitely the minority that is the bona fide creators of wealth in SA and as such the only people who pay legitimate tax (all the others simply regurgitate tax money). The ANC and its EFF proxy exist as economic parasites only - they are the equivalent of vultures and hyenas (currently in masses - hence the reason SA is collapsing; the parasite cannot be bigger than the host) versus the economically productive minority (90% + = white) eagles and leopards. SA's constitution guarantees a competent police force - if this is not happening then we have a right (by international law) to declare war. Re the comment above: 10,000 years later - well done, GOOD NEWS, it seems you have invented one letter of a written language, BAD NEWS, it has already been invented by the white man (ie part of the modern English alphabet)...

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-07-21 15:32

      These incompetent cops behave as if they are above the law and not the defenders of it. Most of them are becoming just another criminal gang we have to deal with in our already harassed lives.

      Jason Hepple - 2013-07-21 16:31

      JD ease up there sonny - maybe a little less coffee in your day would do you some good! Also the sarcasm is a little too much... Be better than the rest, no need to lower yourself to their level... Just a thought!

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-21 10:25

    Zuma and anc crimes go unpunished so the police and everybody else follows suit. Lawlessness then total breakdown of society. African democracy at its best

      CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-21 12:01

      African CULTURE

  • Tumelo Motloung - 2013-07-21 10:28

    No convictions because skelms are investigating each other.Litigation is the best innocent citizens can get out of this.Even though its our tax money sue the police minister until there's no money to pay their salaries

  • Jan Meyntjes - 2013-07-21 10:38

    Litigation monies should not be a factor where it comes to prosecuting Police members that have committed crimes.

  • NickvanGraan - 2013-07-21 10:40

    Exactly why statistics show that people do not trust the police nor do they have any faith in them anymore. Nathi Mthethwa heads up this circus, yet with with the last cabinet clean out he remained in his position. Its all about politics, screw the public.

  • StaalBurger - 2013-07-21 10:42

    ANC act as prosecutor, judge and executioner simultaneously, that’s why!

  • KevinKing - 2013-07-21 10:45

    Maybe if they tweet their crimes they will be fired!

  • Joey Gwangwa - 2013-07-21 10:45

    He who alleges must prove,the are a lot of cases against the police,but not all the cases will make in the court of law.some cases were opened falsely because is becoming a norm just to complain about police brutality.

      Jason Hepple - 2013-07-21 10:59

      It has become the norm because of all the confirmed past instances of police brutality... False accusations will always be around, but we cannot complain about it as they have themselves to blame!!

      Draadsitter - 2013-07-21 11:46

      I don't know if you are a tax payer. Well, I am and that my money being paid out for SAP wrong doings that could have been used on the poor of this country.

  • Stussy Ngoepe - 2013-07-21 11:01

    Cops must get a proper education,grade 12 and drivers licence can never build the quality skills require to deal with public/people.

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-21 11:05

    What u call n undercover, pig in a blanket- lil wayne

  • EJ Moropane - 2013-07-21 11:07

    Police are humans after all, I don't see what's da fuss is about here. We all make wrong and regertable decisions in life, no one is perfect and I don't know why u expect cops to b perfect. I stil say cops are doing a gud job, jst imagine they say there won't be cops for a week, what will happen.

      Draadsitter - 2013-07-21 11:43

      If one can't trust the police in SA, then who do we turn to for protection. Seeds of anarchy?

      Danie Gerber - 2013-07-21 12:23

      There is no fuss Moropane! Read the article carefully through and you will see - cop crimes go unpunished...this fact is already given and the hard truth.

      Sally Salomina Annandale - 2013-07-21 12:25

      Halo are u smoking your socks. As long as nothing happens to you, you are fine with this.

  • Pieter Van Zyl - 2013-07-21 11:22

    We must do something about this....

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-21 12:01

    It's done to keep their votes - for the ANC. Refer Mugabe/Zim

  • Cathy De Jongh - 2013-07-21 12:05


  • Danie Gerber - 2013-07-21 12:17

    They were ABOVE the law...not an isolated situation! Even the NPA is above the law and do whatever they prefer - in reference to the Glynnis Breytenbach case?! Dit is ongelukkig tekens van die tye :)

  • John Tex - 2013-07-21 12:25

    They think they stronger and more powerful than GOD bunch of gum chewing idiots in Blue!!!!!

  • Louis - 2013-07-21 12:56

    An interesting perspective on this will be: If the Police do not get convictions in court (for normal police work) they are blamed for being lazy, corrupt, having poor training and sloppy investigation work. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate that investigates complaints against the police is clearly not getting convictions and is "also falling behind"... Who is to blame?

  • Nico Swanepoel - 2013-07-21 13:43

    Are you surprised?????? What else would you expect......

  • Samantha Nel - 2013-07-21 17:07

    This makes me feel sick!! The corruption in this country at the moment is embarrassing!

  • Rob Tubbs - 2013-07-21 17:27

    Bloody hell! How many of these Cops were 'security cleared' before signing up? - or does that not happen any more... These 'corrupt Policemen' tarnish the name of the SAPS and the many well trained dedicated Cops that are still out there. Government - do not believe for one minute that these statistics are not 'pasted' all over the world. These pricks have already cost the South African Government 'billions' in disinvestment and foreign traveller cancellations... Start being selective in who you recruit, give them proper training, and pay them a decent salary...

  • peegeedee40 - 2013-07-21 18:46

    What else can you expect when more than 60% are unqualified for their jobs in line with international standards. What percentage of policemen are literate?

  • Brian O Cinneide - 2013-07-21 20:35

    At one time we had a well led and disciplined Police force. Unfortunately that was twenty years ago. Now all we have is a bunch of corrupt crooks in uniform.

  • Guy Mullins - 2013-07-22 06:59

    Remember the "Swart Gevaar" the Nats kept banging on about? This is it.

  • Willem Louw - 2013-07-22 08:14

    I dont know where the government finds time to run the country. Half the ministers are being sued or investigated. The police force is corrupt and are fighting their own battles in court. Why are the tax payers paying for this? Its no wonder the country is going down the drain

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