11 cops fired for 'high impact' crimes like rape and corruption - IPID

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11 police officers have been dismissed for serious offences, IPID says.
11 police officers have been dismissed for serious offences, IPID says.
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  • IPID has released its annual report for the 2020/21 financial year. 
  • The report was released on Friday. 
  • It said the investigation of high impact cases - corruption, systemic corruption and rape in police custody - had been prioritised.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has revealed that 11 SAPS officers have been dismissed from service for cases relating to rape, corruption and death due to police action.

The unit has also managed to secure 22 criminal convictions involving 29 police officers.

The highest sentence secured was 25 years behind bars.

Other sentences were between 10 to 18 years for cases related to death as a result of police action, rape by police officers, and corruption.

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This was contained in IPID’s annual report for the 2020/21 financial year, which was released on Friday. 

Convictions

According to the police watchdog, 2 468 investigations were completed between 2020 and 2021, with a total of 106 disciplinary convictions involving 169 police officers.

In its report, IPID said the investigation of high impact cases - including corruption, systemic corruption, torture, death in police custody, death as a result of police action, rape by police officer, and rape in police custody - had been prioritised.

"The assault cases constitute about 70% of our workload; these cases were also prioritised in order to reduce the backlog," it said.

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"Targets relating to rape by a police officer and death as a result of police action were impacted by intermittent closure of some of IPID, NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] SAPS offices and laboratories, as well as unavailability of witnesses due to Covid-19 infections. Corruption matters are complex and require more time and technical resources to investigate.

"The success inadequately dealing with acts of corruption within the law enforcement agencies will win the confidence of the public and reduce acts of criminality. In addition, the state can prevent the loss of considerable resources which can be directed to service delivery initiatives."

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