Cops kill fewer people: ICD

2011-09-29 15:26

Pretoria - Deaths at the hands of the SA Police Service fell by seven percent to 797 between April 2010 and April this year, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said on Thursday.

ICD executive director Francois Beukman said that of these deaths, 257 were in custody and 540 were the result of police action, such as crime prevention.

Fifty-three percent of the deaths occurred at the scene of a crime.

Beukman said 860 deaths were recorded in the previous year.

He said 5 869 complaints against the police were lodged with the ICD in the year ended March 31.

The ICD had made 501 recommendations for prosecution to the directorate of public prosecutions.

During the same period there were about 60 convictions of police officers in court and about 90 internal disciplinary convictions.

  • Bardy - 2011-09-29 15:42

    Is this supposed to be good news?

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-29 15:47

      Hard to tell really

      DrGreenblood - 2011-09-29 15:55

      I suppose it depends on who exactly they are killing...

      Lycanthrope - 2011-09-29 16:03

      The "deaths in custody" figure is pretty shocking. That can't be normal or defensible, can it?

      My Father - 2011-09-29 16:04

      That's right. What kind of news is this? "Cops kill fewer people"?? Suppose to kill more, be more "productive"?

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-29 16:24

      Its because most of them have "lost" their firearms as reported on News 24 last week. Interesting rapes by police have increased.......

  • leonard - 2011-09-29 16:01

    OMG.Again crowing about something to be ashamed of.I cringe to think what any civilised country must think of SA.16000 odd murders plus 800 odd police killings per year really does not auger too well for amongst other things tourism.What has this country to offer other than fear of the ruling party?

  • wynand.vanloggerenberg - 2011-09-29 16:12

    they must split it how many unarmed people where murderd by police

  • Theresa - 2011-09-29 16:14

    WTF?Are we supposed to be proud of the 7% drop?It's insane!!

  • Ho - 2011-09-29 16:21

    Perhaps they should release stats on how many the Poleez tried to kill, but missed...

  • Munks80 - 2011-09-29 16:29

    Cause they cant shoot

  • Darter - 2011-09-29 17:21

    What exactly makes you people think that they are proud of these numbers? Or do you just feel like posting sideways comments on News24 just to get as many thumbs up as possible? Where does it say they are proud of anything? If the IDC was reporting to parliament (which they are legally bound to do), and some News24 reporter decides to write an article about it......where exactly does the "good news" part come in? Why make it seem as if they were running around parliament ecstatic about the results?

      leonard - 2011-09-29 17:32

      @Darter......Your comments have a perverse sense of truth to them.However,have you ever watched or listened to Cele on HIS forces achievements?He/they deserve the critism plus much more.It is his performance and arrogance that gives me the impression of pride.Still have to hear him or any government member or official admit to the seriousness of the situation.

  • Janbantjies - 2011-09-29 20:52

    "Deaths at the hands of the SA Police Service fell by seven percent to 797 between April 2010 and April this year, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said on Thursday." - What a relief! especially coming from that voice of authority of note.....the ICD!

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