Docket crisis angers Mthethwa
POLICE officers lost 671 criminal dockets last year – in police stations.
Now experts are pointing fingers at corrupt cops, saying this is the only explanation for a 1 500 percent spike in lost dockets in North West alone.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is incensed and has ordered a high-level probe into the scandal.
So far five officers have been disciplined and fired for corruption.
Mthethwa was responding to a question in Parliament.
The North West alone accounts for more that 40 percent of all the lost dockets in 2007/08 – with 260 being reported as missing. Critically, in the year before, police in the province only lost 17 dockets.
KwaZulu-Natal takes the second spot – losing a total of 275 dockets in the past three years.
The figures for Gauteng showed that 182 dockets were reported missing in the past three years.
The Western Cape was the only province to improve. From losing 139 case dockets in the past two financial years, it managed not to lose a single one between April and September this year.
The best performing province is Mpumalanga. Police there lost six dockets in 2007, one last year and none this year.
In the past seven months 152 dockets were lost in police stations across the country. More than half of these disappeared in the North West.
North West’s Community Policing Forum board chairman Leonard Brown has described the revelations as “shocking” – blaming the provincial commissioner Lesetja Beetha. “Our provincial management is very poor. The buck stops with the provincial commissioner.”