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sapsNews24 reports that a parliamentary reply has revealed that thirty-two members of the police's top management have criminal records, but the police have declined to reveal their identities as disclosure would constitute an unreasonable violation of the privacy.  

The reply, signed by national police commissioner Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole and Police Minister Bheki Cele, reads:  "To date, a total of 32 members of the senior management service of SAPS (SA Police Service) have criminal records against their names.  The head of the SAPS does not have a criminal conviction against his name."  Three members have been convicted of offences related to contravention of the Arms and Ammunition Act and the Firearms Control Act; 19 have contravened traffic-related legislation, including one officer who also contravened liquor legislation; and three members committed offences related to internal security legislation.  Seven members committed common law-related offences, namely fraud, public violence, contempt of court, malicious damage to property and assault.  In reply to a further question, it was indicated that 4,174 police officers have criminal records.  The vast majority of offences were traffic related.

  • Read the full original of this report by Jan Gerber at News24


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