Record breaking fraud arrests this year

Jeff Radebe says 522 allegations of serious corruption were recorded by the end of June.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe speaking about issues including the Marikana shooting. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says more people than ever before have been arrested for fraud and corruption in the past financial year.

Radebe says 522 allegations of serious corruption were recorded by the end of June and 791 people are currently under criminal, financial or forensic investigation.

The minister was speaking at a quarterly justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing on Sunday.

Radebe says there are currently 98 pre-trial proceedings in priority cases against 287 of the 791 people accused of corruption.

He says according to statistics from the NPA, 228 people have been convicted of corruption related crimes in the last year alone.

Earlier Radebe highlighted on the issue of road safety ahead of the busy month of December, saying there will be increased police visibility on the country's freeways throughout the festive season.

He says this is in an attempt to stop aggravated robberies, confiscate illegal firearms and enforce road safety rules and other by-laws.

He added from now until the end of January next year, police will increase visibility on foot, vehicle and airborne patrols.

"There will be more roadblocks, cordoned and search operations primarily focusing on the proliferations of firearms, preventing aggravated robberies and capture of killers on our wanted list."