The most devastating thing about crime in South Africa is the fact that a good number of the criminals are crime fighters.
Sometimes in 2013, Parliament’s police portfolio committee was informed that many high-ranking police officials are on a list of officers with criminal records.
That was after an audit was conducted to identify officers with criminal records serving with the nation’s police.
The audit identified 1448 officers as criminals. Among them, a major-general, 10 brigadiers, 21 colonels, 10 majors, 43 lieutenant-colonels, 163 captains, 84 lieutenants, 716 warrant officers, 267 sergeants, 129 constables, and two personnel officers.
Sadly, the disciplinary actions initiated against the crime-fighting criminals did little to reduce police crimes.
Headlines like ‘Police Constable Rapes And Blasts His Brains Out With Official Firearm‘, or ‘Police Officer Nabbed Robbing A Liquor Shop‘ make their way to news almost every day.
Now, SAPS Gauteng has axed 66 officers linked to terrible and disgusting crimes.
As learnt, the officers were dismissed for crimes ranging from rape to hijacking, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, corruption and aiding the escape of prisoners.
Precisely, 42 of the officers were axed for possession of stolen vehicles, hijacking, robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping, corruption, housebreaking, and theft.
Others, for defeating the ends of justice, insubordination, aiding prisoners’ escape, rape, and for absence from work.
Divulging that the officers were dismissed just between April and September this year, Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini regarded the officers as a burden to SAPS.
“As bad elements,” Dlamini said, they “are a burden to the police and the community. Police will continue to deal effectively with corrupt and criminal elements in the service.
“…Taking action against bad elements in the service must be seen as a commitment by management to work towards a better police service,” charged Lieutenant-Colonel Dlamini.
Thereafter, the Lieutenant-Colonel urged South Africans to aid the South African Police Service (SAPS) in fighting crimes by reporting officers involved in criminal activities.