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WC cracks down on bad cops

Western Cape police management on Thursday said there was a steady increase in complaints against officers...

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Western Cape police management on Thursday said there was a steady increase in complaints against officers in the province.

Police encouraged the public to lodge complaints.

Over the 2010/2011 financial year, 1,932 complaints were registered in the Cape.

From April 2011 to March 2012, 2,121 complaints were lodged against the police.

However, Deputy Police Commissioner Sharon Jafta said while she was concerned by the increase, she was heartened by the fact that more community members were taking action.

She explained by lodging complaints, police could improve their services.  

Most of the complaints relate to police brutality and negligence.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Wednesday announced 12 members of the Hawks would face criminal charges following the death of Sidwell Mkwambi in 2009.

It is alleged he was tortured so badly, he died from his injuries.

The new police directorate has promised to be more thorough with the cases it probes.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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