Explainer: Just how corrupt is law enforcement in your province?

Explainer: Just how corrupt is law enforcement in your province?

- A new report details police corruption across the country

- The report identifies Gauteng as the province with the most reported cases of police corruption

- The most common type of police corruption nationally is bribery

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A shocking report by Corruption Watch has unveiled the number of reported cases of police corruption in each province.

Gauteng was far and away the province with the most police corruption, accounting for more than half of the national total.

KwaZulu-Natal comes in at second place with 10.8% of national cases of police corruption.

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Next on the list is the Western Cape with 8.3%, followed by the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and and Mpumalanga tied with 4.5%. Next was the Free State with 3.8%, North West with 3.2% and the Northern Cape with 1.6%.

The majority of the reported cases, at least in Gauteng, took place in townships. Unsurprisingly, places with higher populations - such as Johannesburg - accounted for more of the cases. 

Indeed, Johannesburg made up 31.2% of total police corruption, while Tshwane accounted for 8.5%, according to News24. eThekwini and Cape Town, the two other largest metros, represented 7.9% and 7% respectively.

The most common type of police corruption nationally is bribery (33% of total reported incidents) followed by dereliction of duty at 18%. Station commissioners were identified as the kind of police officer mostly like to be corrupt, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Corruption Watch determined this data in part through close consultation with the IPID and anti-corruption forum.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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