PRETORIA-- Robert McBride, the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), the watchdog unit of the South African Police Service 9SAPS), says it ity investigating 10 rogue police officers with the rank of general for alleged corruption.
In an interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) here Tuesday, McBride said corruption, involving billions of Rand, has been continuing unhindered in the police service. A lack of responsible and permanent leadership within the SAPS might have contributed to lawlessness in the department, he added.
McBride said that with the arrival of the new National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, the head of the Directorate of Priority Crime, better known as the Hawks, Advocate Godfrey Lebeya and new Police Minister Bheki Cele, IPID hoped that they had entered a new era in the fight against corruption.
We have a National Commissioner, we have the head of Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation; I think we should give them a chance. Let's see what they can do.
McBride said the investigated police officers are under siege and are directly linked to the corruption.
Criminals think they can challenge the authority of the State and put the country under siege. If you follow other countries that have gone down towards violence or failed State, it started off with massive corruption first and then in comes organized crimes and it moves towards crime, noted McBride.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK