Well I suppose on the positive side things, these bad cops are at least getting arrested, which shows that General Bheki Cele has kept his promise of ridding the South African Police Force of this scum. It’s a disgrace though, that it had to get out of hand like this in the first place!
When I read the news this morning about the 10,000 cops serving time in prison, I first thought it was a printing error. This must surely be a new world record!
Here’s a brief rundown of 5 recent news-stories related to “bad cops”. I’m sure there are many more…
Over 10 000 cops in jail
4 May 2010
More than 10 000 police officers were serving jail time countrywide, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Tuesday. (Shouldn’t that read "ex-police officers?")
National police commissioner General Bheki Cele made the statement at the funeral of three Amersfoort police officers shot dead last week.
Cele said well over 10 000 police officers were in jail, without saying how many had been sentenced and how many were awaiting trial prisoners.
The Independent Complaints Directorate said these statistics would be released in September. Full story - www.sowetan.co.za
6 police officials held for alleged drug offences
4 May 2010
Seven Nigerian nationals appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on drug-related charges on Monday.
The seven men were part of a group of 14 people arrested, including six police officials, believed to be part of a drug syndicate linked to an international network.
Some of the officers were also allegedly involved in corruption, defeating the ends of justice and contravening the Counterfeit Goods Act.
The investigation and subsequent arrests were carried out by the Bloemfontein Organised Crime Unit and the Hawks. Full story - www.iol.co.za
4 cops arrested for murder
8 April 2010
Four policemen from the Roodepoort police station were on arrested for allegedly killing a man in custody, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said.
Sibusiso Molefe, 27, was arrested by the four on April 3 for armed robbery and was allegedly assaulted by them, said ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini.
Molefe died on route to hospital. Full story - www.news24.com
Female cop nabbed in dagga bust
12 April 2010
A MPUMALANGA policewoman was among three suspects arrested after they were found with dagga worth R20000 on Friday morning. The three were arrested after police stopped their vehicle on the N4 near the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Full story - www.sowetan.co.za
Mamelodi Police officers involved in blue light syndicate
26 April 2010
PRETORIA - Two Mamelodi police officers and three civilians, believed to be part of the blue light syndicate, were arrested in Silver Lakes on Monday, the Hawks said.
This last story was covered in a previous posting “Upmarket Cops and Robbers”.
Hell has no fury like a country scorned
Police arrest 103 Forensic Science Analysts
January is moving too fast!
Chaos in the South African Police Service
Crime - A battle lost!