JOHANNESBURG- According to the DA, Fifty-seven police officers working in the police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses units (FCS) have criminal records.
“It is totally unacceptable that the FCS units has compromised members,” Mbhele said in a statement.
The information was revealed after the DA wrote a written reply to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, to a Parliamentary question posed by one of their own, MP Zakhele Mbhele.
Mbhele said he was “disturbed” by the shocking numbers, he said, “The DA will hold Minister Mbalula to account to root out these officers and to replace them with untainted individuals who will diligently bring justice to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.”
“These are patently not the kind of people who should be working with children or the victims of domestic or sexual violence.
There are members of the police force who are convicted of at least three cases of culpable homicide, seven of common assault, two of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one instance of pointing a firearm.
The others convictions include driving under the influence, reckless or negligent driving, fraud, loss of firearms and defeating the ends of justice and theft.
“It is quite clear from the questionable conduct of these members that they cannot be entrusted with the responsibility of addressing the extremely high levels of violence against women and children,” Mbhele said.
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