Cops’, Ipid’s sums fail to tally

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

HE PO­LICE have come un­der fire from Par­lia­ment after they claimed to have probed 85 per­cent of the mis­con­duct cases against of­fi­cers from the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid). The direc­torate told MPs the po­lice in­ves­ti­gated only 15 per­cent of the cases.

Chair­man of the po­lice port­fo­lio com­mit­tee Fran­cois Beuk­man said the po­lice, Ipid and the Civil­ian Sec­re­tariat for Po­lice should re­turn to Par­lia­ment at the end of Jan­uary with a common po­si­tion on the statis­tics after they had rec­on­ciled the fig­ures.

Na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Riah Phiyega ad­mit­ted to mem­bers of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee that they were run­ning in op­po­site di­rec­tions to Ipid.

Deputy na­tional com­mis­sioner for cor­po­rate ser­vices Lieu­tenan­tGen­eral Nobubele Mbekela told the com­mit­tee that the SAPS had re­ceived 764 cases from Ipid to take ac­tion against its ill-dis­ci­plined mem­bers, and it com­pleted 85 per­cent of them in 2012/13.

But Ipid’s act­ing chief di­rec­tor of com­pli­ance mon­i­tor­ing and stake­holder man­age­ment, Mari­aan Geerdts, said that out of the 788 cases it re­ferred to the po­lice against its mem­bers, only 15 per­cent of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions were com­pleted.

Ipid head of in­ves­ti­ga­tions Mathews Se­soko said it based its fig­ures on doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence from the po­lice.

“When we send rec­om­men­da­tions to the po­lice, we say ‘dis­ci­pline a mem­ber’. Our ex­pec­ta­tion is that we must get feed­back from the po­lice. There are cases where we get proof,” said Se­soko.

Ipid had found that of the 788 cases re­ferred to the SAPS for ac­tion, the po­lice acted on only 15 per­cent, he said.

Mbekela said the po­lice’s meet­ing with Ipid next week would al­low the SAPS to take another look at the dif­fer­ent fig­ures.

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