Petros: Over 600 police arrested

2012-05-02 13:29

Pretoria - More than 600 police officers have been arrested in Gauteng since April last year, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Many of the arrests were attributable to tip-offs from community members, he said.

"If there is one thing the people of this province are sick of, it's corruption in the police," he told the national press club in Pretoria.

"It's good news that 600 police have been arrested [because] you want to be working hand-in-glove with people you trust."

The SA Police Service was not shy to investigate and arrest those within its ranks who could not be trusted, Petros said.

There were also concerns about criminals operating in private security companies.

"I shudder to think how many who don't take the [police] oath are involved in crime."

The leaders of security companies had been "very co-operative" with the police in dealing with the problem, he said.

Brigadier Neville Malila said the majority of crimes committed by police officials related to fraud and corruption.

  • Loo - 2012-05-02 13:37

    Bwahahah . .and he is next ... After all why break the habit of corrupt Police chiefs.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-02 13:41

      Just the tip of the iceberg...

      Ian - 2012-05-02 13:46

      HOLY CRAP!!! there is only 700 police in Gauteng!!!!!!!

      John - 2012-05-02 13:58

      thats how many they know about and hats for arresting them my problem is how many will be left to do the real police work because 600 in a year is more than the amount who qualify yearly

      IAnon - 2012-05-02 14:14

      Must be some sort of a Guinness Book of Record!

      Renny - 2012-05-02 14:22

      Just following their leader.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-02 14:48

      Holy cr@p... 600 police officers just in Gauteng? I initially thought that figure was for the whole country. 600 just in Gauteng alone???? WOW!

      jody.beggs - 2012-05-02 15:21

      And how many are still policeman? Damn the man.

      Hugh - 2012-05-03 10:22

      160 000 cops, where 1 in 4 are ask for a bribe? Thats 25%. There should be 40 000 being arrested. Not 1/2%. They take care of their own. We the public are the enemy.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-02 13:43

    This basically is admitting that we need to re-look the application of police officers and look at what pushes these people to become bigger than the law they are trying to enforce?.

      Martin - 2012-05-02 14:04

      its the easiest way to obtain fire arms, pistols, automatic rifles, and a car with lights allowing them to endanger road users, if they are too tired to rob and kill they can always park up somewhere(visibility) and catch a nap... its the perfect rock and roll lifestyle.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-02 14:03

    If,a big if,they have been arrested have they been charged and where is the proof.Propaganda at its best here.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-02 15:01

      very good question...and apart from the criminal charges leading to the arrests how many were charged ito the discipline regulations and how many were found guilty and what were the sentences they received...these last few questions will "darken" the spindoctors picture to a certain extend i dare say

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-02 19:35

      Since when does the govt charge wrong doers? They are allowed to resign, go on assorted extended paid leave, re-deployed, fined, disciplined, re-instated. Very seldom are they charged and sentenced.

  • Badger - 2012-05-02 14:03

    What you failed to mention General........ is that none have been actually prosecuted and all are on full pay ???????????????????

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-02 14:20

    So what happened to this 600 then?. Home with full pay?.

  • lindsay.lekgotla - 2012-05-02 14:24

    Legal Officials, can you please take your position and lead in dignity and pride. South Africa depends on you to make it a better country. what are we without the title that you were given? TO PROTECT NOT TO CORRUPTION.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-02 14:35

    Unbelievable... I am sure we must be the only country on earth with such a pathetic statistic...

      Loo - 2012-05-02 14:42

      Nah Mike :) .. Sudan I think arrested 601 police officers,, were still ok

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-02 14:58

      don't worry Mike- Prez Zuma said the other day South Africa is safe...

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-02 15:05

      @ Loo - LOL!!!! :-) @ Louis - Yes - though I think besides shagging in his kraal he is always abroad - so he wouldn't know...

  • Johnny - 2012-05-02 14:42

    600, So the Police did not make target for the last financial year!

  • John - 2012-05-02 15:32

    Vetting process not to good then, or don't we have one, ish mr giiive me job, make plenty money

  • Peter - 2012-05-02 15:33

    Vote any party besides ANC for a better police force!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Florence - 2012-05-02 15:39

    This 600 number forms a portion of the 1st released amnesty group by former presidents. They came out and got employment to serve and protect under SAPS, now they are going back to jail because they never should have been released in the first place. This recycling process will never materialize the government is living a fallacy.

  • Phil - 2012-05-02 16:18

    I find this very disturbing. It makes the entire Police Force look bad, and yet there are thousands of honest, hard working officers out there who are doing a good job with what resources they have. The public should wade in and help root out the bad apples.

      Allen - 2012-05-02 17:11

      Phil I agree! Let's start by getting the police to wear seatbelts! If they flout the law with this basic misdemeanor, how can we ever respect them? I'm on a personal campaign to point out to every cop I see driving a police or metro vehicle not wearing a seatbelt to do so. The response has been from lighthearted acknowledgement to outright aggression! If the cops want respect from the public - obey the laws of our Country. Cops are not above the law!

      Koos - 2012-05-03 02:46

      You cant wear a seatbelt when you have KFC everyday.

  • Rob - 2012-05-02 17:57

    How in the hell can the 'arrest' of 600 Police members be reported as 'good news'? And this from a Senior Police Officer. I defy anybody to identify any other country in the world with these types of statistics. No wonder the general public have absolutely no confidence or respect for members of the SAPS. The mind 'boggles' - and this is just the tip of the 'ice-berg'.... What percentage of these 600 have been suspended, discharged or still continue to 'serve' (serve probably the wrong word). God help us...

  • Mzwa - 2012-05-02 18:23

    But it's only the junior members that the commissioner is talking about,what about all the senior members that get away with every wrong they do?the police management is oppressing the junior members,why did the police refuse the hawks to be independent 2day?they wanna do as they please.too many senior officers that are suppose 2 be out but they're still giving instructions in the police.ask me how I know

  • George - 2012-05-02 20:07

    BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. Apply the Chinese cure for corruption. Watch 599 cops become vely honest, chop chop!

  • Koos - 2012-05-02 20:49

    A poor teacher became a pathetic policeman. Just listen to his excuses. So ANC educated. Wait for the expulsion !!! The real truth will come out soon. I know his past.

  • John - 2012-05-02 21:44

    If you calculate it as a percentage of the total.... and to think they haven't recognized all the "crooked" ones as yet... thats very scary

  • Alta - 2012-05-03 14:53

    The police needs a desperate facelift - lets start from the top.

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