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A policeman may have provided drugs and alcohol to inmates in Phalaborwa. Image: SAPS / Twitter

More than 400 Gauteng police under criminal investigation

Here are the top four police stations with the most SAPSofficers under investigation for crimes ranging from fraud to attempted murder.

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A policeman may have provided drugs and alcohol to inmates in Phalaborwa. Image: SAPS / Twitter

Gauteng residents’ safety and security is “worryingly compromised” as hundreds of police officers tasked to protect them and ensure criminals are brought to justice, are also currently being investigated for serious criminal offences.                                                                                                       

This was the concern Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng member of the provincial legislature and spokesperson for Community Safety, Michael Shackleton raised on Tuesday after Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, revealed that a total of 459 police officers in the province are currently under investigation for crimes. She revealed this in her written reply to Shackleton’s questions that he had earlier tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. 

“According to MEC Mazibuko, 459 police officers in Gauteng currently have criminal cases open against them. These criminal cases range from reckless and negligent driving, common assault, assault with intentions to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, theft, house and business robbery, fraud, corruption, bribery, and domestic violence,” Shackleton said.

The top three stations with the most offenders are the Tsakane police station with 35 police officers currently under investigation for theft, assault common and reckless and negligent driving. This was followed by the Krugersdorp police station with 28 police officers all charged with reckless and negligent driving. 

At number three, the Benoni and Hekpoort stations each have 15 officers. Benoni officers are under investigation for reckless and negligent driving, attempted murder, and theft and the Hekpoort police officers are charged with common assault and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

“It is a clear indication that SAPS is failing in its responsibility to prevent, combat, and investigate crime as well as ensure that police officers uphold the rule of law instead of breaking it,” he said.

“It is high time that the current national government responds to the DA’s demand to do a complete overhaul of SAPS by curbing corruption, hiring people with a passion for policing, and retaining good police officers to make the police service honest, professional, and one that serves and protects the people,” Shackleton added.

He said that the DA would hold Mazibuko and Gauteng SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela to account to ensure that officers adhere to the SAPS code of conduct and always abide by the law. 

“There should be an urgent intervention strategy in those top police stations severely affected to ensure that officers abide by the SAPS code of conduct and maintain a high standard of discipline and professionalism,” he said.