Corruption report one-sided - police

2011-09-06 14:30

Cape Town - A recent Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report on police corruption is one-sided and misleading, the SA Police Service said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson McIntosh Polela said it failed to acknowledge achievements and "significant milestones" by the police under the leadership of General Bheki Cele.

Cele had been at the forefront of fighting crime and rooting out corruption within SAPS ranks, Polela said in a statement.

"Crime reduction is speaking volumes and evident to the fact that SAPS is making a serious dent in the fight against crime. Clearly the silence is too loud when it comes to commending SAPS efforts, while critics are hell bent to shift [the] focus to negative reporting and nothing positive."

In its report - distributed last Thursday at the launch of an ISS campaign to encourage reporting corruption in the police and to praise professionalism - the institute said an independent specialised anti-corruption unit was needed to deal with graft in the police.

Head of the crime and justice project at the ISS, Gareth Newham, said that although a problem, corruption in South Africa's police was not systemic.

Statistics on complaints of corruption were not publicly available, but in the police annual report for 2009/2010, 362 police staff were charged under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, with 193 being suspended.

This was 0.002% of a workforce of 190 199 in March 2010, according to the police report.


Research on public experiences showed the majority of police accused of corruption or other offences escaped detection.

The ISS's own interviews with 150 people found that 50 had had direct experience of corruption with a police officer, but only one had tried to report it. That complaint was ignored.

The police had an anti-corruption unit with 250 members, but this was closed down in 2002 by former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

This was in spite of the police's strategic plan, according to which the biggest obstacle in achieving its goals was corruption.

"In retrospect it is clear that this lack of integrity extended to the top of the organisation," according to the report.

The ISS said one of the best ways to prevent corruption was to create systems through which employees could safely expose it, and to foster this.

Polela said it was interesting to note the report came from a research institute which employed several former police officers who were now experts in the field.

Police management had been travelling around the country to identify managerial shortcomings, as well as to share best practices between provincial commissioners.

"We can safely argue that no police commissioner has shown commitment to the SAPS and its members as General Cele has done."

  • JT - 2011-09-06 14:44

    Aren't anti-corruption investigations supposed to be one-sided?

      Shadoz - 2011-09-06 15:02

      how is it that Cele is rooting out corruption when he is corrupt to the bone himself. OMFG these people are running a country.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-06 15:13

      - Well it will be one -sided unless the police can defend their members actions with hard evidence. But as we have seen with Cele, they will try duck out of the issues and never face the music.

      Spydaman - 2011-09-06 15:36


      Met - 2011-09-06 16:12

      "Lack of integrity extended to the top" And this continues to be so, even now

  • Chris - 2011-09-06 14:46

    And we still await Zuma's action against Cele! He has chosen to ignore the public protectors report and has thus given tacit approval to corruption in the SAPS

      Shadoz - 2011-09-06 15:01

      Chris we will never hear anything about the whole Cele corruption case as the docket is already missing.

  • abg100 - 2011-09-06 14:49

    Is this all cele could come up with after hiding in hospital and being silent for weeks??? Come on surely anc spin doctors have a better excuse than that. Macintosh you realy shouldnt go around saying look at the differenc e cele has made-you look like an a%s-youre the only one who seems to be able to see it!

  • WhiteMalema - 2011-09-06 14:49

    How many sides does he want a corruption report to have? Maybe he should wait for an achievement and significant milestone report.....Dummy. Then you can blow a bagpipe and show the world what a thoroughbred Mcintosh you are.

  • letsee - 2011-09-06 14:51

    What else would the police say.

  • Thelma - 2011-09-06 14:52

    How many sides does anti-corruption investigations have?

  • daaivark - 2011-09-06 14:55


  • kylehopkins - 2011-09-06 14:55

    Bheki Cele is the main culprit of corruption, seen by the improper police building leases, how dumb do they think we are.

  • SeanK - 2011-09-06 14:55

    I think its very one sided too. They should allow the police a chance to tell us EXACTLY how much corruption the ISS actually missed

      Komasa - 2011-09-06 15:32

      Maybe we should ask the 'gestapo' to do the interrogation.

      Mark Fysh - 2011-09-06 16:43

      Jeez SeanK, what's with your logo - Nazis responsible for 50 million deaths under that swastika - Stalin, Chairman Mau and then Hitler (in order of notoriety).

  • Bones - 2011-09-06 14:57

    The corruption was also one-sided.

  • FatherGoose - 2011-09-06 14:59

    A corruption report focusing on corruption? How ridiculous. Obviously a corruption report should focus on things other than corruption, perhaps just mentioning corruption in the abstract or something.

  • Terminusest - 2011-09-06 15:00

    Of course you are going to say the report is flawed! That is what you are being paid to do. How can the SAP be anything but corrupt with "Don", I dress like a gangsta, Cele in charge. He is rotten to the core, and in any decent democracy would have been forced to resign, or fired, long ago. However, the ANC cadre deployments have shown time and time again that they have the morality of an alley cat, so no surprise this scumbag will cling to power at all costs.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-06 15:06

    Once a crook always a crook.

  • Johan - 2011-09-06 15:14

    I think Cele's argument is sound: By saying it is one-sided, he simply means that the police has averted at least as much crime as they have committed.

  • Markal - 2011-09-06 15:22


  • middelvinger - 2011-09-06 15:40

    One sided? - there is another side to corruption?

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-06 15:42

    Good grief, where have you been hiding? The report was supposed to have been dealt with an eon ago and you are only now finding a voice. COWARD!

  • 106SA - 2011-09-06 15:46

    95% of South Africans are in the "iron and steele" industry.5% iron whilst 90% steal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Fedup - 2011-09-06 15:56

      Yes agree with you there

  • P-JB - 2011-09-06 15:46

    I don’t believe anything the SAPS says, not as long as ‘alleged’ corruption starts at the top and filters all the way down. I’m sorry, as far as I’m concerned, the SAPS (generally speaking) has NO integrity. It is my belief that the figures presented have been substantially ‘massaged’ to make them look efficient and competent (look at the ISS’s own findings………) Judging by the facts as I experience it, crime has gone UP. The cost of protecting myself against crime has gone up. My friends are being high- jacked and murdered and I feel less safe with our current police force than ever before.

  • werner.bezuidenhout - 2011-09-06 15:50

    Could this "insightful finding" have come from anyone else saying the exact same thing? I guess not.

  • Stirer - 2011-09-06 16:08

    We can safely argue that no police commissioner has shown commitment to the SAPS and its members as General Cele has done." How about some commitment to the taxpayer?

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-09-06 16:13

    So its one sided under the leadership of a man guilty of corruption on tender irregularities, wait what.... African Governance... enough said.

  • (YNPL) Youth in need of a proper leader - 2011-09-06 16:22

    Just to clear one recurring miss conception. When some one is accused of any crime, immidiately there are two sides, the accuser and the accused. Beki cele has been accused and has the right to defend himself by supplying facts that prove his innocence. Problem with the above responce from his people is that it in no way supplies facts that contradict his corruption charges. The facts above are irrelevant, and say nothing about that particular charge!

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-09-06 16:43

    Blah blah blah

  • braamc - 2011-09-06 16:51

    Cele had been at the forefront of fighting crime and rooting out corruption within SAPS ranks, Polela said in a statement - what absolute rubbish, he is the forefront of corruption heading this filthy, useless and incompetent police force.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-09-06 17:06

    Hey Chief Crook Cele, read my lips .... C*R*A*P! Don't tell that to educated people. Are you too stupid to realise that there are others that are a bit brighter than you and can see through your lies?

  • Babba x - 2011-09-06 18:29

    Of course it is

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-09-08 22:07


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