14 January 2014

South Africa: IPID - a Watchdog With Teeth That Can't Eat All the Crime


Once again police have allegedly killed protesters fighting for their constitutional right to basic services. This time it was in Mothutlung, North West, but instances of criminal acts committed by the police continue to be reported regularly. GREG NICOLSON looks at the watchdog established to police the police, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The IPID website offers a glimpse of the watchdog in action. The latest news dates back to October 2013. IPID is investigating complaints against police commissioner Riah Phiyega. A warrant officer was found guilty of assaulting a woman. Two cops were arrested for allegedly gang-raping a woman in Tshwane. Investigations are under way into allegations of torturing Radovan Krejcir. And in December, a constable was convicted on charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping in 2011 and 2012 around Johannesburg.

The allegations against police, however, are much more frequent. The Monday news referred to multiple instances of crimes committed by police officers. On New Year's Day police are accused of shooting and killing a gangster in cold blood. In the aftermath of the holiday death toll on the roads, it was reported that there are 200 cases of corruption committed by police being investigated related to drunk...

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