Fewer complaints against SAPS
The IPID has received fewer complaints against South African Police Service members.
CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Tuesday said it has received fewer complaints against South African Police Service (SAPS) members, compared to the last financial year.
IPID officials discussed the report with Parliament's police portfolio committee earlier.
The directorate received over 4,000 complaints in the current financial year and that is down for more than 5,000.
The majority of the cases were reported in Gauteng followed by the Western Cape.
But the highest number of deaths due to police action cases were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal with 268 complaints.
Gauteng recorded 217 such cases while in the Cape 98 complaints were logged, but only 36 convictions were secured nationally, and most of them in the North West.
Meanwhile, police have been accused of brutality in recent months.
The IPID is still investigating some SAPS members following the deaths of 34 miners in Marikana in August.
They were taking part in an illegal protest when they were killed in clashes with police.
The incident raised questions regarding police training.
Last week, a protestor also lost his life in Rustenburg after he was shot allegedly by police.
The directorate's annual report also showed a decrease in backlog cases.