A total of 29 police officers have been convicted of various crimes this year across the country. This is according to an annual report released on Friday by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
The unit's chief executive officer, Jennifer Ntlatseng, said of the 22 sentences handed down involving 29 police officers this year, the largest was 25 years.
"Some of the sentences handed down are between 10 and 18 years in various cases including rape, manslaughter and corruption," said Ntlatseng.
He said in disciplinary action against the 106 police officers heard this year involving 169 police officers, 11 of whom had already been stripped of their service certificates, after being convicted of various offenses.
Although the unit in the 2020/2021 financial year, operated under critical circumstances to disrupt the Covid 19 epidemic, Ms Ntlatseng said it was able to reach its target as its efficiency in investigating various cases of policing reached 73% compared to 70% of the previous financial year. .
"Investigations into police cases of rape and manslaughter were also disrupted due to the closure of laboratories, police stations, and the absence of witnesses due to Covid 19," he said.
He said corruption cases needed time and resources to investigate, adding that dealing with corrupt practices effectively in the police force gave the public confidence in the performance of the police.
He said that since March 31 this year, the unit had spent R340 939 000 of its budget of R340 976 000 on matters pertaining to investigations into various cases, legal, legal and other matters.
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