IPID defends low conviction rate

IPID says it has no control over prosecutions in defence to its low rate of convictions.

IPID's Moses Dlamini. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Thursday defended the low rate of convictions stemming from its investigations into South African Police Service (Saps) members saying it has no control over prosecutions.

The police watch-dog's Moses Dlamini was one of the speakers at seminar on police brutality hosted by the IPID on Thursday.

The IPID received almost 5, 000 complaints to investigate last year, but recorded only 36 convictions.

Dlamini said there have been almost 100 internal disciplinary matters which have been dealt with by the SAPS.

"Only the police can prevent or reduce the number of cases of brutality by ensuring that internally the members know that this will not be tolerated."

The IPID's work came under the spotlight after the police officers accused of killing Andries Tatane were acquitted in court.

The institute's Johan Burger spoke about the root causes of police brutality identifying command and control as a major problem.

POSTPONEMENT EXPECTED IN MARCIA CASE

Meanwhile, the state prosecutor in the case against the nine policemen accused of killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia said that Friday's court appearance will probably be a postponement.

December Mthimunye said they were still building a case against the men who handcuffed the 27-year-old to the back of a police van and dragged him down the road in Daveyton.

The cops are accused of beating him to death in holding cells later that day.

Mthimunye said it's unlikely a trial date will be set by Friday.

"We're going to ask for a postponement for further investigation. I don't know what's going to happen from the defence's side."