Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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9 Oct 2019
6:02 am

The ‘morally and ethically sad’ reasons behind Ipid letting the police get away with murder

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Out of more than 42,000 criminal complaints against the police, only 531 Ipid cases resulted in successful criminal prosecutions.

Former Ipid head Robert McBride is pictured at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture held in Parktown, 11 April 2019. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Cases of police brutality fall through the cracks of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), due to its lack of both independence and capacity. This was according to experts reacting to explosive reports on alleged cover-ups of thousands of cases of serious crimes against members of the police force. According to a report by ViewFinder, investigators manipulated case statistics by simply closing cases at a rate which suggested that little to no attempts had been made to do any real investigations. Out of more than 42,000 criminal complaints against the police between April 2012, and March 2019, including allegations of...