Metro police employ 148 with criminal records

2012-03-14 21:43

Johannesburg - A total of 148 people with criminal records have been employed by the Tshwane and Ekurhuleni metro police departments, an official said on Wednesday.

Ekurhuleni had 80 employees with criminal records and Tshwane 68, Gauteng community safety spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa said.

However, these figures were not reliable as the departments were checking records, and working with the SA Police Service and Special Investigating Unit, he said.

Democratic Alliance MPL Fred Nel described the figures as worrying, as people should be able to have faith in metro police officers.

"Section 36 of the SAPS Act prohibits a member who has been jailed from holding any position within a police force," Nel said in a statement.

He said the regulations for municipal police services prohibited appointment of a person with a criminal conviction.

  • march54 - 2012-03-14 22:09

    Why are potential employees in any law enforcement department should be required to produce a current police clearance certificate? If not-why not.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-14 22:11

    I am Totally surprised.. shouldn't it read... Metro police only employ 148 WITHOUT criminal records.

      Vimalin - 2012-03-15 11:17

      or maybe 148 who haven't been caught yet

  • Tony - 2012-03-14 22:32

    Well rather be a criminal before you start, then you don't need the basic training, you come with expeeriaance.

  • andriesdt - 2012-03-14 22:33

    What is going to hapen now is that all 148 will be discharged, but because of the labour laws they will get a very good discharge package. Or else they will sue the metro police for unlawfull dismissal. It is a win win situation or them.

      Jamie - 2012-03-15 07:12

      No way, suspended on full pay is a much better option. That way they can carry on their crooked activities and still draw a salary from the taxpayer.

  • Eric Schollar - 2012-03-14 23:02

    Only 148? Things must be improving!

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-14 23:20

      "these figures were not reliable as the departments were checking records, and working with the SA Police Service and Special Investigating Unit" Secret code for covering their tracks.

  • John - 2012-03-14 23:50

    What a joke.... They employed Robert McBride as the Metro Chief.... What more did they expect??

      HJS - 2012-03-15 14:04

      Exactly my thoughts. Ekurhuleni was "headed" by that criminal of note for a very long time. I am not even sure if he has actually been dismissed yet or is still on suspension with full pay? Has he appealed, was the appeal heard already? Was he ordered to pay back the millins in legal costs that he ran up at the expense of taxpayers?

  • Staalburger - 2012-03-14 23:50

    What a stroke of genius! Like they say, it takes a criminal to know one. So, hopefully, it will take a criminal to catch a criminal! :)

  • John - 2012-03-14 23:51

    " these figures were not reliable as the departments were checking records" ... you didn't think of checking someones record before employing them?

  • Neo Saraiva - 2012-03-15 06:50

    This is nuts! No wonder the cops are so brutal :s they are the criminals

  • Zion - 2012-03-15 07:17

    So the rate of police crime will increase and the trust in the police system will drop. One can only wonder what kind of mentality resides in those that allow this re-criminalization. What is the rationale?

  • Zion - 2012-03-15 07:20

    Or is this not some sick April Fool's joke?

  • Erich - 2012-03-15 07:50

    These ex criminals make the Metro Police the best of their kind. With their experience they know every trick in the book.

  • sesom - 2012-03-15 08:19

    All the Police are criminals...Check the Police at Douglasdale Station.

  • William - 2012-03-15 08:40

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! EPIC FAIL!

  • Laurence - 2012-03-15 08:46

    But of course. In SA it is acceptable and encouraged to be a criminal if working in one of three areas: Policing, Judiciary, and parliament. One can only be considered for a senior position if one has a clear track record of corruption and a rubber arm that can be twisted due to a closet full of embarrasing skeletons. But unfortunately most of the people who voted these retards into power are either unaware or actively encourage this type of situation. #whatdidyouexpect.

  • Diane - 2012-03-15 09:46

    Only in S.A. can this happen, no wonder most of us are immigrating.

      corrie.bresler - 2012-03-15 13:04

      Welcome back!!

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-15 10:06


  • Rupert - 2012-03-15 10:11

    Al is forgiven and forgotten in the long as you are black

  • Antipoaching - 2012-03-15 11:45

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm and theres a move afoot to incorporate them into the SAPS.........hmmmmmmmm

  • Dianne - 2012-03-15 11:56

    OH give us a break.....148 is just the tip of the iceburg....add 2 zero's and you might get a more accurate figure!

  • Hugh - 2012-03-15 11:59

    How many were given criminal records while in the service of the police? Just redeployed to another department?

  • samgaf - 2012-03-15 12:59

    one of them will be the future president

  • Daan - 2012-03-20 20:06

    only 148 ?? figures can't lie but liars can figure.

  • Clive - 2012-06-15 11:29

    I always thought it was a pre-requisite.

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