Of the high number of death rates recorded across the South African nation, a report from the Independent Police Investigative (IPID) reveals that the number of those who die in Police custody are increasingly alarming.
The report recorded over 207 deaths in various police cells across the South African country. This report reveals a massive increase of about 30% in the death rates.
Explaining the death incidence, the report states that deaths in police custody contributed to 43% of the total deaths, while deaths as a result of police brutality contributed 57%”.
Bringing down the death rated to various municipalities the IPID report said 51 deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal as a result of police action during the period of April to September 2016
During the same period, 26 deaths were in police custody in the province. In Gauteng, there were 59 deaths as a result of police action – an increase from 45 during the previous reporting period. In KZN the figure of 51 was also up, from 48 previously.
The IPID report also found that SAPS members had been involved in 51 rape incidents, 61 torture, 66 corruption and 159 other criminal cases. KZN had the highest number of assaults with 24, the province also had the third highest numbers of rapes by police, with 7.
While the Free State records 42 people death cases which signify a huge increase from the 20 people who died a year ago, 20 people reportedly died in similar incidences in Western Cape, compared with the 17 who perished last year.
In Mpumalanga, 12 deaths were recorded compared with 10 deaths a year ago while people were recorded dead in the Northern Cape this year. But this was an increase from two people who died during the same period last year.
As for rape cases, the offences were allegedly committed by both on-duty and off-duty officers with Gauteng recording the highest so far with 15 cases registered about officers being involved in the rape incidents.
This report proves a further damagein the SAPS- South Africans’ relationship with officers raping and beating individuals.
The Western Cape followed with 10 cases, Eastern Cape had 7 cases, while in the Free State and Mpumalanga 3 cases were recorded.
Police in the Northern Cape and North West were implicated in two rape cases in each province.”
The report about the death rates caused by the SAPS comes after the Acting National Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba announced SAPS decision to recruit its former officers.
Former SAPS members who were successfully re-enlisted, will be appointed to the ranks of constable to warrant officer, depending on the rank they held when they left the service.
They will also be remunerated on the minimum salary notch applicable to their relevant rank, Mothiba said.
“The re-enlistment process is aimed at employing former employees, who are able, willing and dedicated to capacitate and enhance the capability and service delivery of the SAPS in terms of their experience, skills and knowledge,” the acting national commissioner said.