SAPS weeds out felons in its ranks

The public perception that police officials involved in crime are not prosecuted is false.

The public perception that police officials involved in crime are not prosecuted is false.

The SAPS corruption and fraud prevention plan, initiated during the 2004-05 financial year, was further developed in the last financial year.

Several areas requiring further development were identified, including the establishment of an anti-corruption structure, linking anti-corruption initiatives to risk management, and developing and implementing effective detection mechanisms such as whistle blowing and focused internal auditing.

Between April 2005 and March last year, 529 police members were suspended for alleged involvement in corruption. Of these, 473 were suspended without salaries and 56 with salaries.

We wish to assure the public that strong action is being taken and appropriate sanctions applied.

Because no one is above the law, criminal proceedings are also instituted against members who have fallen foul of the law.

The SAPS has no place for criminals and is forthright in its quest to provide an efficient, accessible and valuable service to the public - and that is to serve and protect.

Captain Percy Morokane, SAPS national spokesman, Pretoria

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