The only way to root out cop corruption is to start at the top
The safety of South Africans is being compromised by its trickle-down effect and skyrocketing crime
If the latest crime statistics issued by the ministry of police are anything to go by, it should be clear to most of us that a chaotic police and crime intelligence service cannot fulfil its mandate of adequately addressing the scourge in the country.
The much-publicised debacle regarding the suspension of Lt-Gen Peter Jacobs, former head of Crime Intelligence, is the latest in a slew of events involving the SAPS and that unit, leaving the public confused and justifiably concerned. And once again, seemingly at the heart of this latest controversy is corruption within the SAPS and the Crime Intelligence unit.
Jacobs, with five colleagues, was suspended at the end of 2020 after allegations of corruption, specifically the irregular procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) involving the use of a secret service account. However, from Jacobs’s perspective, there was evidence that SAPS and Crime Intelligence officials abused the account. Some within the SAPS believed Jacobs was deliberately targeted because he was exposing the looting of the secret account...