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Parliament to look at punishment for cops

The police portfolio committee will examine the Saps Act later this year.

FILE: The police portfolio committee will examine the Saps Act later this year. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's police committee says there are sections of the South African Police Service (Saps) Act which needs to be reviewed.

These areas include the future of police officers convicted of a crime.

A former Melkbos Police Station commander, Michael Paulse, has been found guilty of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another.

Annelize van Wyk, the head of the committee, has welcomed Paulse's conviction.

But she says there have to be further repercussions for police officers found guilty of a crime.

"There is no crime which should be excusable for a police office to commit. For that reason when we deal with the Saps Act in the second part of the year we need to look at disciplinary concepts within the police."

Van Wyk says even though jail time could be on the cards for Paulse, more needs to be said about public servants who abuse their power within the police.