Maybe sangomas can predict which cops will do crime - Nhleko

2015-09-29 17:06
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (Netwerk24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The police can’t predict which of their own will become criminals, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Tuesday.

The 2014/15 national crime statistics revealed that 686 police officers were arrested for various crimes in the past financial year.

Nhleko told journalists afterwards that these officers did not have criminal records when hired and were “ordinary like yourselves”.

“You can’t predict that if you hire someone ... into the police service, they will take a bribe. How do you do that? Maybe a sangoma can do that but certainly not a normal HR [practitioner],” he said.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said the officers were fired and that criminal and internal disciplinary processes were under way.

She said they had restructured and revamped recruitment processes.

“Participation of the community becomes very crucial,” she said.

Potential candidates were checked for criminal records and visible tattoos.

They also attended a grooming camp.

“We are starting to see [a] much... better quality [of] youth that are coming through into our training,” she said.

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