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Police Employees with Criminal Records (1 448 police employees have criminal records)

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South African Police Act, 68 of 1995 & Public Service Act, 103 of 1994

An audit revealed that there were 1 448 of 157 500 police employees with criminal records on the SAPS (South African Police Service) payroll. These statistics were revealed at the end of July 2013.

The auditing process began two years ago and was a complex exercise which entailed the assessment of individual member’s records. This included statistical data, cross checks against the CIS (Crime Information System), personnel human resource files and finger printing. The process is believed to have taken longer than expected as all legal avenues were exhausted.

The Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa is expecting the National Commissioner of Police, General Riah Phiyega, to act on the outcome of the audit and requested feedback by no later than October 2013.

These records ranged from assault, attempted murder, murder, fraud and rape. The results revealed “ serious challenges ” .

Upon the release of the report, the opposition Democratic Alliance Party said that all police officers with criminal records should be dismissed immediately. "All members of the police service, including those within its leadership, should be professional police officers who protect South Africans from criminals, they should not and cannot be criminals themselves," the party's deputy police minister Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement.

South African security forces have faced numerous allegations of corruption and brutality in recent years. Also, there are many pending cases against police employees for bribes, murder, rape and the list goes on.

Date: 7th August 2013
Legislation: South African Police Act, 68 of 1995
Public Service Act, 103 of 1994

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