Cops held for manipulating crime stats

2011-12-12 10:44

Polokwane - Four top Limpopo police have appeared in court for allegedly manipulating crime statistics in Tzaneen, according to a news report on Monday.

Brigadier Naledzani Julia Sivhula, 48, Captain Matome Jonathan Matsapola, 51, Brigadier Nelson Mulaudzi, 50, and Lieutenant Colonel Mahlodi William Ramokgobedi, 49, appeared in Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The four station commanders were charged with defeating the ends of justice and would appear in court again on January 20.

Investigations began when the crime statistics for Tzaneen were found to be inaccurate and found that in 2008 serious crimes had been deliberately covered up.

The investigation found that murder cases had been reduced to inquests and housebreakings were played down by being described as cases of trespassing.

  • StarStruck - 2011-12-12 10:54

    What motivates someone to do this??

      Mannie777 - 2011-12-12 10:59

      and wreck their carreers over it?

      wilana.olivier - 2011-12-12 11:15

      It basically shows that crime stats are down. They are downplaying the serious stuff, so it looks good on reports that are published to the public. By downplaying the offenses it makes them look good (area of responsibility) - thus they might get an extra bonus, and with the same stone they give the community a false sense of security. Can one actually believe anything that comes from goverment? I sure don't.

      Zion - 2011-12-12 11:32

      It makes the cops look like they are doing their job and earning that massive bonus. If this is only the peak of the iceberg how will the rest look?

      methedex - 2011-12-12 11:40

      When you vote for the ANC they give you a small booklet teaching you how you can now start all your much enjoyed corruption activities. Somewhat like a drivers license, but instead it's just a corruption license.

      superkruger - 2011-12-12 11:46

      The question isn't "what motivates", but "who motivates". These guys are just the scapegoats caught in the act. It's not in their interest to act alone, they would have gotten their orders from higher up.

      Jack - 2011-12-12 12:07

      WHY are we not surprised...this only proves that all other provinces EXCEPT Western CApe have been manipulating the crime stats and reporting that CRime has gone down when it hasn't. You cannot tust these people...they are all corrupt.

      Sean - 2011-12-12 13:05

      There is probably a floating trophy they were aspiring to receive - the public has the right to hear the truth - various areas and the rate of crime also influences the insurance rates we pay, although money cannot buy someone's life back, we have the right to know what is happening in our country! I wonder what their real motive was for forging the stats - these are the people we are supposed to trust!?

  • sidney.gilroy - 2011-12-12 11:02

    And you think this is the only Police Station or district this is happening ? How can you let someone rate their own work ? Crime Stats must be audited and published by INDEPENDANT and EXTERNAL agencies to the SAP and Government.

  • Larry - 2011-12-12 11:03

    Bloody typical. These guys seem to be totally lacking in Supervision from above and the morals to admit they are not performing.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-12 11:12

    No big surprise. How many people actually believe the crime stats anyway?

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-12 11:43

      Not me.

  • Eugene - 2011-12-12 11:17

    BEE doing well....

  • Ben - 2011-12-12 11:18

    StarStruck a very good question and exactly what I want to know. Did they do it on own initiative or was it an order. Had it been an order one would like to see more people questioned.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-12 11:18

    Hahahahaha what a joke, a beeeeg phat joke, man I miss the "OLD SAPS". this one is a total F-up

  • Jason - 2011-12-12 11:21

    Yip, once again our pathetic SAPS at its finest!! What an effing joke this country is becoming!!

  • Anthony - 2011-12-12 11:26

    Time to bring back exams and stop promoting their comrades!!

  • Kagisho - 2011-12-12 11:38

    I still call for enforcement of internal comprehensive education and awareness to this professions... this is caused by lack of understanding to the implications on actions of this nature or the ignorance thereof which results in disatrous situations, further causing and promoting menace to our society. The culprits should be dealt with severly!!

      IFLY123 - 2011-12-12 11:50

      Do you mean BBBE

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-04 19:26

      "caused by lack of understanding", sorry but I'm calling BS on that one, they are all around 50 years old, been around long enough to know exactly what they were doing, they covered it up...

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2011-12-12 11:41

    Is everyone corrupt in Limpopo?

  • Azande - 2011-12-12 11:49

    No one is scared of committing a crime. Harsh deterrent is essential. China style.

  • Wesley - 2011-12-12 11:49

    I know what happens next. Suspension with full pay!!!! What a joke.

  • branden.hart - 2011-12-12 11:53

    Stats SA has been doing it for years!

  • Gary - 2011-12-12 11:55

    These are ones that have been found......I know a few police stations that were not even allowing foreigners to file reports of theft during the SWC last year as it would reflect bad on their stats. I don't for one moment believe that crime is coming down if all they have to base it one is stats that they provide.

  • George - 2011-12-12 12:04

    Because they are bladdy useless and dont know how to do any job let alone that job

  • Mike - 2011-12-12 12:24

    If they published the breakdown of the stats on a Web page just showing Case Number, Police Station and the category, it would make it dificult to manipulate as you would be able to see how they had categorised any case you opened. But they will never do this as it would expose the truth.

  • J.D. - 2011-12-12 12:39

    I would not be surprised if the just carried out orders from higher up the bab tree.

  • Nitesh - 2011-12-12 12:43

    simon says, blame

  • Nosiphom - 2011-12-12 12:50

    It is a pity that they have to be victims of a bad performance measurement system. The system encourages such behaviour, because if the police station reports high numbers of serious crimes (i.e. if they are doing a great job at catching criminals), they get punished. They are deemed to be not doing their job well. However if they report low levels of crime, they are praised. That is what is wrong wiht the system. Those police stations that report hugh success rates in apprehending criminals should be praised, then there will be no motivation to cook the books.

  • flysouth - 2011-12-12 13:13

    Jail time is in order here. Along with a long-overdue deep purge of SAPS to rid itself of all criminal elements such as these scum.

  • Jacqueline - 2011-12-12 13:18

    well done to the persons who investigated it and brought these guys to book

  • Craig - 2011-12-12 15:08

    I doubt these four are the only ones guilty of fixing the stats, start with Cele and mates.

  • Ettienne - 2011-12-12 16:06

    Wish they would investigate Pinetown police.

  • Zion - 2011-12-12 17:11

    Nasty me, but I think the authorities will go through the motions of punishing these 4 senior officer hero's but are in fact delighted that the stats are lower. Good work cadre next for promotion. Interesting that 2 brigadiers, a captain and a commandant are implicated. All are senior officers except the captain and the indication is corruption is well up the ladder. Well highest Selebi and Cele gave the sign all is clear.

  • noelhlungw - 2011-12-12 17:13

    Corrupt police officer should suffer the consequences .

  • Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-01-19 00:33

    Why do this?? Cmooon..... they get bonuses man. Same as minister of crime, that's why there was an apparent drop in crime. It wasn't true, it was just the minster playing with the numbers to get his bonus when getting quota made.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-20 11:11

    Nope, I don't believe for a moment that these guys manipulate the stats on their own accord, they were instructed. Think about it... what would they achieve or how would they benefit. BUT if the govenment or commissioner instructed thats a whole new story, we will be given impoved stats as we have now. Rotten!!.

  • hester.ferrezuelo - 2012-09-20 12:53

    See and now ANC trying to convince us that crime figures are lower. If it happens in Tzaneen you can bet it is happening in just about every other town as well.

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