Briefly.co.za revealed the high number of top cops with criminal records and we asked our readers whether they should be allowed to retain their positions.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on the 32 senior police officials with criminal records.
It also emerged that more than 4 000 police officers had criminal records in total.
Bekhi Cele revealed the staggering fact, but also confirmed that the officers would not face any form of disciplinary action.
Briefly.co.za wanted to know how South Africans feel about the revelation – after all, the cops are meant to protect and serve the people.
In a recent poll, we asked readers if the 32 top cops should be allowed to continue in their positions, and the overwhelming majority feel that they should be relieved of their duties.
A meagre 13% felt they should be allowed to continue in their roles.
Babs Putar asked, “How can you trust a cop with a criminal record? No wonder our SAPS is in such a mess it is. My apologies to those cops who are working hard and doing their jobs, but there are others that should be behind bars. The selection of new recruits is another mess and so is the training of the recruits. I have never seen such a bunch of fat, overweight, police than what one sees lately.”
Lungelo Linda said, “Our Constitution doesn't allow anyone to work in the government departments or any sector with criminal record. We have brothers and sisters, father and moms, uncles and aunts who stick can't find the employment because of this Constitution but today there are still people like those cops given opportunities.”
Ntombi King said, “They cannot enforce law & order when they also don't adhere to that same law & order.”
Andries Kruger added, "It takes a thief to catch a thief"-rule should not apply.”
Faro Bernard said, “Those people need to be dismissed and pave way to the matriculated people who are just sitting home doing nothing.”
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