Explainer: How SAPS Crime Intelligence is failing South Africans

Explainer: How SAPS Crime Intelligence is failing South Africans

- According to insiders, the situation at the SAPS Crime Intelligence is dire - and ordinary South Africans are paying the price

- The unit has been divided by infighting and cronyism in recent years, undermining its ability to fight crime

- Corruption is also a major issue at the unit

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A recent report claims that the State Security Agency (SSA) was corrupted during the Zuma presidency to serve political interests and not citizens.

Similar allegations have been laid against SAPS Crime Intelligence, with accusations that the organisation has become overly politicised and is plagued by infighting.

As a result, some argue that the unit's ability to fight crime has been seriously compromised.

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Additionally, insiders have said that Crime Intelligence is being undermined by a lack of political will and of resources. As a consequence, the unit has been failing ordinary South Africans, according to News24.

Some even point to the increases in violent crime over the last few years (up 40% from 2012) as being partly a result of the failure of Crime Intelligence.

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Briefly.co.za has gathered that the unit is also understaffed and under-trained and has been a hotbed of corruption. This was because Jacob Zuma appointed several corrupt and unqualified personnel to leading positions in both security agencies and the police.

A prime example of this is Richard Mdluli, the former head of SAPS Crime Intelligence. Mdluli was accused of looting from the unit's coffers, for which he was eventually suspended.

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Additionally, there have been extensive reports of factionalism and squabbles within the unit. A key concern for the new managers at Crime Intelligence is to undo the division wrought by years of political appointments and cronyism.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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