- The police service have revealed that 32 senior officers have criminal records
- Another roughly 4 000 ordinary officers have also faced criminal charges
The reply, which was given by Bekhi Cele, also said that over 4 000 police officers had criminal records.ers
32 senior members of the police have criminal records, but the police do not want to reveal who these individuals are.
The bombshell revelation came in the form of a reply made by the police to DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard.
The reply, which was given by Bekhi Cele, also said that over 4000 police officers had criminal records.
Most of the offences against the officers were traffic-related. However, among the senior members, there were charges of public violence, contravention of the Firearms Control Act and fraud.
Additionally, some had previously faced charges of assault, contempt of court and malicious damage to property. In certain provinces, like KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, a small minority of officers had even been charged with murder, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The police said they were not able to disclose the names of the officers with criminal records as this was personal information, but said that the head of the SAPS does not have a criminal record, according to City Press.
The police added that they wanted to respect the privacy of the officers by keeping their identities secret.
However, despite the revelations, Cele did not indicate whether these officers with criminal records would be receiving disciplinary action.
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