SAPS cracks down on cor­rupt of­fi­cial

Vuk'uzenzele - - Front Page - No­luthando Motswai

GOV­ERN­MENT has no place for cor­rupt civil ser­vants in the pub­lic ser­vice.

AWar­rant Of­fi­cer from the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) was ar­rested for al­legedly smug­gling dagga into the Polok­wane Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre in Lim­popo.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials at the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity, the SAPS mem­ber, from SAPS Mankweng, was fetch­ing in­mates, who were due to ap­pear in court.

A cor­rec­tional of­fi­cial on duty al­legedly caught him smug­gling dagga for an in­mate in the cen­tre. The SAPS pro­vin­cial of­fice was in­formed and the po­lice of­fi­cial was ar­rested on the spot.

Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (DCS) Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer Mandla Mk­a­bela com­mended the cor­rec­tional of­fi­cial for his ex­em­plary con- duct, and thanked the SAPS for their swift re­sponse and co­op­er­a­tion in this mat­ter.

“This is what is ex­pected of cor­rec­tional of­fi­cials. We must serve our coun­try with pride. As DCS we can have a mean­ing­ful im­pact on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of in­mates, as well as the cit­i­zenry, if we re­main true to our con­science and man­date.”

Mk­a­bela also warned the pub­lic not to com­mit crimes in cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

“Cor­rec­tions is crit­i­cal in cor­rect­ing so­ci­ety. The Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices has em­barked on a jour­ney of shap­ing the fu­ture of cor­rec­tions in South Africa, and mak­ing so­ci­ety proud of what we do,” said Mk­a­bela.

How you can help fight cor­rup­tion

A num­ber of hot­lines and helplines have been cre­ated by gov­ern­ment to en­sure that you can pass on in­for­ma­tion with­out hav­ing to re­veal your iden­tity.

Cor­rup­tion is a crime and can be re­ported to the po­lice. You can pass on any in­for­ma­tion you may have with­out hav­ing to give your name or per­sonal de­tails. If the in­for­ma­tion helps in the pos­i­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a crim­i­nal case, you may be en­ti­tled to a re­ward. Call the Crime Stop num­ber 08600 10 111.

Anony­mous tip-offs on crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties can also be sent to Crime Line. You can send an SMS con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion to 32211 at a cost of R1 per SMS.

In ad­di­tion to the above num­bers, you can also call gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Hot­line to re­port cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties you are aware of with­out giv­ing your name. The num­ber is 0800 701 701.

A po­lice of­fi­cial was ar­rested for al­legedly smug­gling dagga for an in­mate at the Polok­wane Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre in Lim­popo.

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