191 cops arrested across SA

The SAPS has confirmed 191 police officials have been arrested over the last two months on various charges.

The SAPS has confirmed 191 police officials have been arrested over the last two months on various charges. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed 191 officers have been arrested over the past two months for various crimes including corruption, murder, robbery and rape.

The Sunday Times is reporting that constables, warrant officers, sergeants, captains, lieutenants and colonels are among those arrested.

According to police statistics, close to 39 officers were arrested on suspicion of murder while 23 were arrested for corruption.

A further 20 officials were arrested for robbery and 14 apprehended for rape.

Despite the figures, the police's Solomon Makgale says the arrests prove that the national police commissioner is serious about improving the integrity of the force.

"We are ridding the service of people that are not interested in adhering to our code of conduct."

At least 80 of the officers arrested were based in Gauteng, 32 are from KwaZulu-Natal and an amount of 16 each from the Western and Eastern Cape.

The arrests also include charges in connection with the possession of drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol, theft, assault and hijacking.

Last week, a constable in Mabopane was arrested for killing his ex-girlfriend and her new lover with his service pistol.

Police have also confirmed they are conducting a national verification process of all qualifications of officers, in an effort to improve the credibility of the force after it emerged KwaZulu-Natal Police Spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge was found to have had an invalid matric certificate after 25 years of service.

It emerged late last week Mdunge resigned from his job with immediate effect after being told he would have to face an internal disciplinary hearing and criminal prosecution.

The former colonel said he decided to resign due to the serious nature of the allegations against him and to challenge them in court.

His actions have been labelled a disgrace by the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Dianne Kohler Barnard, who is the Chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on police.

This is the latest incident in which an officer has been forced to step down due to his background not being properly checked.

Gauteng's Police Commissioner Mondli Zuma was recently removed from office after it was found that he is facing criminal charges.