Wrongful arrests cost SAPS

2016-09-23 19:41

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Cape Town – Police have forked out almost R1bn for wrongful arrests and detention since 2009, the police ministry said in a written reply to Parliament on Friday.

More than R500m was paid following court orders, while the rest were settlements.

Replying to a question from DA MP Zakhele Mbhele, the police ministry said in the 2015/16 year, the department paid more than R200m for wrongful arrests and detentions.

The year before, the department forked out more than R175m.

The ministry said claims could have originated in one financial year and only been paid the following year.

These claims were evidence of the shoddy state of the SAPS, Mbhele said in a statement.

“The proper training of SAPS officers, both basic and on-the-job training, is vitally important to the effective functioning of the entire criminal justice system within the human rights-oriented ethos of the Constitution and acts as an important component in rebuilding the public’s faith in the SAPS.”

The training SAPS recruits received was lost along the way due to poor management that was soft on “enforcing accountability and command-and-control,” Mbhele said.

“There is also a failure to implement on-the-job and refresher training continuously,” he said.

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