‘There are rogue elements in the police’

A police spokesperson says management is dealing with this problem.

FILE: The SAIRR and AfriForum released a recent study of criminal conduct in the force. Picture: Saps.

PRETORIA - Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale has conceded that there are rogue elements in the force, but says management is dealing with this problem.

On Wednesday the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) and AfriForum released a recent study of criminal conduct in the force, titled The Broken Blue Line.

Police have rubbished the study, saying its methodology is fundamentally flawed and its findings are drawn from conclusions and inferences.

It was compiled following a study of 100 media reports of serious crimes involving police officers, a methodology the police say is problematic.

The institute found that the incidents of crime involving police officers were not isolated but rather evidence of a systemic problem of criminal behaviour by members.

It says the situation has deteriorated to the point that it's not the police infiltrating criminal gangs but rather these gangs that have infiltrated the police.

Makgale says there is no basis for these claims.

"We have a problem when people go read a newspaper and then they draw all these wide ranging conclusions that are not informed by research."