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SAPS warns crooked cops

A total of 449 police officials have been fired over the past year.

Police tape. Picture: sxc.hu.

The Police Ministry has warned SAPS members who bring shame on the service by committing crime will be sacked.

A total of 449 police officials have been fired over the past year.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, police minister Nathi Mtethwa suggested the figure could rise because certain cases had not been finalised by investigators and prosecutors.

A two-year audit of the SAPS recently showed that 1 448 current police employees had committed crimes.

The minister's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the police are confident that going forward, they will have police officers who are upright, who uphold the constitution and who fight crime effectively.