Sapu welcomes IPID investigation on corrupt police

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South African Policing Union (Sapu) has welcomed the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (IPID) corruption investigation into 10 Police Generals.

The union has urged IPID to move fast on its investigations as such allegations are damaging the public’s trust in Police.

On Monday IPID head Robert McBride told SABC News that the 10 generals would all appear in court by the end of August.

Sapu’s described IPID’s corruption investigation into the police Generals as shocking and a serious concern. This comes after IPID said it was receiving push-back for investigating senior police officers.

Sapu’s Oscar Skommere says:”This means the police service is really in trouble. If it can happen that 10 generals, these are people who are managing police, we don’t know where they coming from but we would really appeal to with IPID to speed its investigation so that the individuals can come before court.”

Sapu has also called on Police Minister Bheki Cele to show his support for IPID in its investigations and attempts to clean up police corruption.

Meanwhile, crime and policing researcher Andrew Faull says IPID announced the investigation prematurely.

“If SAPS have only learnt recently from IPID that it has been building a case, I don’t think we can expect the SAPS to have done anything. Even based on the interview yesterday (Monday), it’s not clear what IPID is going.”

IPID says despite intimidation attempts it will continue to investigate senior police officials, including a probe against the former Acting Police National Commissioner General Khomotso Johannes Phahlane.

The IPID brought corruption and fraud charges against Phahlane.  General Phahlane has been on fully paid suspension for nearly a year.