Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Your November 2 article "Cops a rotten bunch," refers. The SAPS is disturbed by the alleged implication that all its members are involved in criminal activities.
Your headline does nothing but dampen the morale of the loyal and hard-working police officers, and our partners in the fight against crime.
Like any entity, there is some form of corruption and fraud occurring in SAPS. But there are initiatives in place to tackle this phenomenon.
The implementation of the Corruption and Fraud Prevention Strategy, developed in 2005/2006, continued in 2006/2007 with the alignment of initiatives for addressing corruption and fraud with the Minimum Anti-Corruption Capacity Guidelines provided by the Department of Public Service and Administration.
The introduction of risk management contributed to efforts aimed at addressing corruption, as provinces and divisions identified and assessed the impact of corruption and fraud in their environments.
The detection and investigation of corruption and fraud continued this year.
Now if one takes into consideration the Institute of Security Studies report in question, it mentions that an average of 125 cases were lodged over the last five years, whereas there are currently more than 165 000 members in the SAPS.
Then this vilifies the fact that there are only a few that are indeed corrupt. This begs the question; why paint the entire organisation with the same brush?
The scope of the implementation of the Corruption and Fraud Prevention Strategy will be extended in 2007/2008. The focus will be on developing and implementing specific anti-corruption activities that need to be addressed at national, provincial and station levels.
The community needs to be assured that stern action is and will be taken against members involved in corrupt activities and the appropriate sanctions applied.
Superintendent Ronnie Naidoo, SAPS national spokesman
Sowetan does not believe and never said that all police officers were corrupt. - Editor