Damning findings on police corruption justifies Commission of Inquiry

Kate Lorimer MPL

Spokesperson on Community Safety

The damning findings of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer 2013 released this week underscores the DA’s calls for a Commission of Inquiry into the breakdown of relations between the police and Gauteng communities.

According to the Transparency International report South Africans view the police service as a corrupt institution in the public sector, with about 83% believing that police were corrupt, and 36% admitted to having paid bribes to police.

Section 206(8)(a) of the Constitution empowers the province to “investigate, or appoint a Commission of Inquiry into any complaints of police inefficiency or a breakdown in relations between the police and any community”.

People in Gauteng are too scared to get out of their cars when pulled over by metro police and are being bullied and forced to pay bribes by police across the province.

The Premier cannot simply pass the buck while the levels of trust in the police and the relationship between the police and communities deteriorate.

The DA maintains that a comprehensive investigation is necessary to determine the extent of police brutality and the reasons for the breakdown in relations between communities and the police.

We cannot hope to effectively address the problem unless we know how big it is or why it exists in the first place.