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Litigation reports to help SAPS

SAPS has paid out more than R200 million in civil claims in the previous financial year.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says the introduction of a monthly litigation report helps South African Police Service (SAPS) management to better understand the root causes of civil claims against police.

The SAPS paid out more than R200 million in claims during the previous financial year.

The issue came up in Parliament on Tuesday when senior SAPS officials briefed Members of Parliament (MPs) on how they spent their R63 billion budget.

The police commissioner says monthly litigation reports are seen as a management tool.

"Yes there are very intricate processes in policing, but I also believe that there are other behavioural and conduct issues that may be the driving force."