South Africa: Crooked Police Officers Top Corruption Watch Report


Police bribery accounted for 31% of received complaints, and bribes were solicited from criminals and victims.

Corrupt police officials and people stealing from food schemes have topped the Corruption Watch report for the first six months of 2020.

The organisation received more reports of corruption in the first six months of 2020 than in the whole of 2019. In 2019, Corruption Watch received 1,591 reports of corruption, and this number rose to 1,995 between January and June 2020. The province with the highest number of reports was Gauteng, followed by KwaZulu-Natal.

The Covid-19 crisis has brought the scourge of corruption into sharper focus and Corruption Watch's latest trend report is more critical than ever as it focuses on cases gathered during the National State of Disaster. What is particularly alarming in the report is the number of reported corruption cases against the police force.

The report highlights that the majority of the cases it gathered were after the National State of Disaster was imposed. It says the main areas of concern were the South African Police Service (SAPS), municipalities, traffic and licensing departments, and the education and health sectors. Corruption included maladministration, procurement irregularities, the misappropriation of resources, bribery and...

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