Ipid blames poor leadership for ‘rot in SAPS’

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Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) boss Robert McBride says the police watchdog is currently investigating 10 rogue top police generals for alleged corruption.

In an interview with SABC News, McBride says corruption involving billions of rand has been continuing unhindered in the police service.

He says a lack of responsible and permanent leadership within the service might have contributed to lawlessness in it.

McBride says with the arrival of National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole, Hawks head Advocate Godfrey Lebeya and Police Minister Bheki Cele they hope that they have entered a new era in the fight against corruption.

“We have a National Commissioner, we have the head of Directorate for Police Crime Investigation – I think we should give them a chance. Let’s see what they can do.”

McBride says the investigated police are under siege and are directly linked to the corruption.

“Criminals think they can challenge the authority of the state and put the country under siege. If you follow other countries that have gone down towards violence or failed state, it started off with massive corruption first and then comes in organised crimes and it moves towards crime,” says McBride.