Ms D Kohler-Barnard (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:
(a) How many (i) SA Police Service members are currently in prison and (ii) of these are (aa) awaiting-trial prisoners and (bb) convicted prisoners and (b) what was each of these prisoners convicted of? NW1707E
(a)(i) Thirty seven (37)
(a)(ii)(aa) Thirty seven (37)
(a)(ii)(bb) Convicted prisoners sentenced to direct imprisonment are automatically dismissed in terms of Section 36 of the Police Act, Act No 68 of 1995.
No South African Police Service member can be a sentenced prisoner because of the above mentioned.
(b) Not applicable
It should be noted that in most cases, the thirty seven people arrested and convicted were initially arrested by other police officers and the investigations were carried out by police officers. This highlights that while there may be a few rotten elements within the police, the Service as a whole remains committed to rooting out such criminal elements.
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