Corruption Watch report: Gauteng is a hotbed of police corruption

Corruption Watch report: Gauteng is a hotbed of police corruption

- A new report concludes that Gauteng is a hotbed of police corruption

- Issues such as abuse of power and threats of police violence are pervasive in the province

- Corruption Watch argues that police need to have greater respect for human rights while performing their duties

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A new report issued by Corruption Watch reveals high levels of corruption among the police in Gauteng.

Half of all reports of police corruption for the country came from the province.

Bribery, in particular, has been identified as a major issue.

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According to The Citizen, the report also highlighted abuse of power as a significant problem, followed by dereliction of duty and threats of police violence.

The report painted a damning portrait of the police in Johannesburg specifically. More than half of all the police corruption in Gauteng occurred in the city, while more than half of all police corruption in South Africa took place in Gauteng. 

This suggests that Johannesburg is a major centre for police criminality, or at least that far more police corruption is reported there than in any other city.

Additionally, the city has a large population and is a hub of activity, which also accounts for some of its disproportionate percentage of the corruption.

In particular, detectives and investigating officers received the most complaints of corruption, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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In their report, Corruption Watch argued that police need to have a greater awareness of and respect for human rights in the execution of their duties. 

They point out that police officers wield considerable power, but this needs to be moderate by respect for the rule of law and a commitment to public service.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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