Saturday, November 22, 2008

Corrupt cops are taking an extra R30 000 a week

Some metro cops across the country are supplementing their income by more than R30 000 a week - through corruption and extortion.

This is the shock finding of the Institute for Security Studies' research into the country's metropolitan police departments.

But internal metro police units in some provinces don't view corruption as a major problem, the ISS says.

Some believe that corruption is part of the metro police's duty.

ISS crime, justice and politics researcher Andrew Faull investigated six metro police departments: Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Cape Town, Swartland and Durban.

The report comes just weeks after tow truck driver Amanda Joubert of A1 Assist Tow Truckers was first at a botched hijacking scene where Arren Mahabir was shot dead by an armed gang on the N1 highway. Joubert refused to divulge how she was told about the accident.

Four metro police officers had driven through the rock-strewn road just minutes earlier but failed to clear away the debris or assist another motorist whose car had been hit by the rocks.

Faull found that in Tshwane, corruption is seen as a "hobby". According to the head of the Tshwane Conduct Investigations Unit, traffic-related bribery complaints are received daily, the department is nepotistic and the licensing department is corrupt.

"Some control dispatchers allegedly earn R30 000 a week tipping off towing companies about accidents before reporting these over police radios, while some operational officers allegedly earn R6 000 a night extorting money from drunk drivers," said the report.

Corruption is especially prevalent in traffic regulation enforcement, writes Faull, and the "decent middle-class" salaries paid to officers means any monetary corruption is based on greed rather than need. In Joburg, senior management believe corruption is most common in the issuing and paying of fines and theft of credit card numbers in the fines payment department.

The JMPD internal affairs unit believes officers fail to arrest the bribing drivers because "it's human nature" to accept bribes.

The Ekurhuleni unit believes false allegations of bribery account for 80% of complaints.

Faull believes Cape Town's MPD is the least stable of all MPDs, in some respects.

Durban's MPD was dealing with 230 outstanding disciplinary cases out of its 945 operational officers. The main problem areas were in traffic policing, extortion and exploitation of sex workers, misuse of vehicles and corruption in processing fines.

2 Opinion(s):

RobT said...

Keep up the good work!

However, please withdraw the photo of a smiling SAPS Inspector handing what looks like a flyer to a motorist (SAPS BMW in the background). This could be construed as defamation and will definately give the public the wrong impression as to who's Metro and who's SAPS. Albeit, corruption is everywhere but your item pertains to corruption in the METRO, Municipal Police, NOT SAPS!

Kind regards
Rob Thorn
SAPS Reservist
Durban North

Anonymous said...

I concur Rob T. I thought the same when I saw the pic but thought most folks would understand that it isn't meant to put the poor fellow in the pic in a bad light. The pics are often just to accentuate the story but I understand your point.

There are a lot of good people in the SAPS doing sterling work as many of our posts have shown. I have removed the pic. Thanks for that and keep safe out there. We count on you.