- IPID boss Robert McBride told Parliament’s police portfolio committee that police officers have a hand in nearly all CIT robberies in the country
- McBride made the shocking revelation on Wednesday
- His comments come as official crime figures for 2017/18 show a massive rise of 56.6% in CIT cases.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) boss Robert McBride told Parliament’s police portfolio committee that South Africa Police Services (SAPS) officers have a hand in nearly all Cash-In-Transit (CIT) cases.
McBride made the shocking revelation during a Parliamentary briefing. His comments come as official crime figures for 2017/18 show a massive rise of 56.6% in CIT cases.
McBride told Members of Parliament (MPs) that corruption and rot have become ingrained in the SAPS and officers were almost always involved in some way or another in CIT incidents.
Briefly.co.za gathered that over 200 CIT cases were reported during the 2017/18 financial year which is a significant increase from the previous year’s 152 reported cases.
EWN.co.za reported that McBride told MPs that IPID had not taken part and were not invited to take part in a single one of the cases which had been reported.
McBride claimed that corruption and rot have become such an ingrained part of certain quarters of the SAPS that officers had actually become instigators and the driving force behind certain crimes.
McBride said it had become common practice for police officers to neglect their oath to serve and protect and instead get involved in the dark underbelly of the criminal underworld.
On Wednesday, police minister Bheki Cele released the 2017/18 crime statistics which made for bleak reading. Cele said South Africa’s murder rate could be compared to a country which was currently in a state of war.
Cele said it was pointless to cry over the report because it did nothing to make anyone feel good and it was best to move forward.
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