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892 cops charged

At least 22 officers were suspended, eight with their salaries and 14 without pay.

FILE: At least 22 officers were suspended, eight with their salaries and 14 without pay. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nearly 900 members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) faced fraud and corruption charges in the 2012/2013 financial year.

This emerged from the SAPS Annual Report tabled in Parliament, Cape Town.

Most of the charges involved helping people to escape from police custody, followed by corruption, fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

Of the 892 police members who were charged with fraud and corruption in 2012, 97 faced more than one charge.

At least 22 were suspended, eight with their salaries and 14 without pay.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says the police cannot fight crime when it has people within its ranks who do not respect the law.

Writing in the report, the top cop says she wants to find out how many police members have criminal records or are under investigation for crime.

She says a new integrity manager will be appointed in 2014.

In September, Phiyega was forced to withdraw the appointment of Major General Bethuel Mondli Zuma as Gauteng police commissioner after it emerged he faced criminal charges.

Zuma will appear in court later in October on charges relating to drunk driving as well as defeating the ends of justice.