There are 271 South African Police Service members in Gauteng who continue to perform active duty despite having been convicted of committing criminal offences.
Of these, 248 have been convicted of committing serious crimes.
This was revealed by the MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, in a written response to a question I posed to her regarding this matter.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, in his State of the Province Address indicated that he would take a tough stance on crime and rebuilding confidence in the SAPS.
It is hard to imagine how this will be achieved when there are convicted criminals within the ranks of the SAPS.
Closer scrutiny and background checks should be done to ensure that the good guys in blue are not tarnished by nefarious characters.
The DA will demand that MEC Nkosi-Malobane takes steps to have these individuals relieved of their duties.
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety
060 558 8309