Corruption: 347 police officers suspended

A total of 347 police members were suspended between April 1 last year and March 31 this year for their alleged involvement in corruption-related activities, according to the police’s annual report released this week.

Of these, 310 were suspended without pay.

Eight were suspended for their alleged involvement in corruption related to armed robbery, 33 for allegedly aiding prisoners to escape and one for attempting to defeat the course of justice.

A total of 110 were suspended for suspected corruption, 23 for defeating the course of justice, eight for escapes from custody, seven for extortion, 23 for fraud, one for perjury and 133 for theft, according to the report released on Monday.

It says considerable effort was put into detecting corruption and dealing with potential shortcomings contributing to corruption over the period under review.

A total of 20 audits and 109 police-station evaluations were conducted to this end.

“The concerted efforts by the South African Police Service top management to stem corruption in the service has had successful results,” the report states.—Sapa

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