Roodt reviewed instances of police being involved in crime‚ and noted that there was a low conviction rate for offenders.
“Either the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is having to deal with vast numbers of false accusations against the police‚ or the organisation struggles to convict those who are guilty of wrongdoing‚” he said.
“Of the 9‚097 incidents or complaints reported on in the 2017/2018 financial year‚ some 1‚428 were referred to the National Prosecuting Authority‚ with only 99 resulting in a criminal conviction.”
He also noted that the South African Police Service (SAPS) annual report stated that 2‚414 SAPS employees had been found guilty of misconduct between April 2017 and March 2018. Failing to comply with or contravening an act‚ regulation‚ or legal obligation was the single largest type of misconduct that employees were found guilty of‚ accounting for some 16.5% of those found guilty of misconduct‚ said Roodt.
The IRR recommended that the SAPS adopt policy changes it has been calling for since 2015: To re-instil respect for the chain of command; create a university-educated officer corps; provide additional resources to Ipid; establish a new investigative agency within the Department of Justice; decentralise decision making in station leadership; and depoliticise the appointment process.
- You can view the full report here.