S. African Parliament urges police to weed out corrupt officers

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CAPE TOWN, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — The South African Parliament on Friday called for effective measures to deal with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who act in contravention of the laws.

“Members (of the SAPS) who are found guilty of criminal conduct should exit the service on an immediate basis,” said Francois Beukman, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portforlio Committee on Police.

The public requires professional police members to act with integrity and act within the law, he added.

He issued the statement after Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed in his reply to a parliamentary question earlier this week that 1,172 police members were convicted for various crimes in the last five years.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police has placed on record that effective consequence management and constant vetting should form the basis of any measures against corrupt police officers, said Beukman.

The committee supports a zero-tolerance policy with regard to criminal behavior and conduct by SAPS members, he said.

The committee strongly believes that through recruitment methodology, as well as career incident and consequent management, the police management should be able to weed out individuals with criminal tendencies, Beukman said.

The committee also believes that the current situation, whereby criminals emerge within the police service, can be turned around by implementing in full the recommendations of the National Development Plan with regard to the code of conduct of SAPS and the National Police Board which sets standards for entrance of recruits and criteria for promotion, Beukman said.

“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, together with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, should step up their efforts to investigate criminal conduct of SAPS members who acted outside the law.” he added.

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