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1,448 officers have criminal records

The South African Police Service has released the damning report on its members.

The South African Police Service has released the damning report on its members. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A two-year police audit has found that 1,448 officers have criminal records.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa made the announcement on Sunday. He said he referred the matter to Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Mthethwa said strong action would be taken against those implicated in the audit.

Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said, "Between now and October, the national commissioner will be able to come up with a plan of action. Each case will be dealt with on its merits because they will vary from rape, attempted murder and assault."

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance's shadow police minister Dianne Kohler-Barnard said she hoped the matter would be dealt with swiftly.

"SAPS members with criminal records should be dismissed with immediate effect. It's hugely embarrassing to South Africa that such an audit had to be undertaken as standard procedure seems to have been ignored over the years."

At the same time, a Paarl officer is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. Anthony Gouws was granted R1,500 bail last week.

In another incident, an off-duty police constable was caught red handed by his colleagues while raping a teenager in Johannesburg.