The Democratic Alliance (DA) is shocked to learn that only 13 Gauteng SAPS Officers were convicted for committing crimes out of a 137 who were arrested of which 124 are still awaiting trial. These are only for cases reported over last three financial years.
It was revealed to me by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
According to MEC Mazibuko, 53 police officers were arrested and only six convicted in the 2016/17 financial year, 40 police officers were arrested and five convicted in 2017/18 financial year and 44 police officers arrested and only two convicted in the 2018/19 financial year.
The crimes committed by these convicted Gauteng police officers ranges from theft, attempted murder and armed robbery to corruption, reckless and negligent driving, corruption and even murder.
Out of 13 SAPS convictions four are for reckless and negligent driving and three for murder and attempted murder.
Benoni SAPS is ranked number one with four police officers convicted followed by Honeydew SAPS with two convictions.
It is deeply worrying that people who are entrusted by residents to ensure their safety and to prevent crime become involved in violent crimes themselves.
The people of Gauteng are not safe unless the removal of rotten police officers from the SAPS.
The DA is calling on MEC Mazibuko to liaise with her national counterpart Minister of Police Bheki Cele to monitor and track dockets of these 124 police officers awaiting trail to ensure that they are investigated and prosecuted effectively.
Delays in concluding these cases is justice delayed for the victims.
In order to restore credibility, accountability and integrity to a failing SAPS they should professionalise SAPS to ensure a professional and honest service.