The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has launched a toll-free number that will allow the public to lodge complaints about police officers.
The IPID is mandated to conduct independent and impartial investigations of criminal offences allegedly committed by police officers and municipal police.
Speaking at the launch recently, Police Minister Bheki Cele said while he was confident that the majority of police officers were hardworking, dedicated and honest, there were rogue elements that disgrace the badge.
“Police misconduct, whether alleged or proven, has a negative impact on our society. Any transgression committed by an officer of the law erodes the trust and confidence communities have towards the police,” Minister Cele says.
He acknowledged that many of these “police turned criminals” have been brought before the courts.
Minister Cele saluted the IPID for continuing to take down criminals masked as police. This includes the arrest of officers implicated in alleged corruption, and those violating their constitutional mandate.
“In many cases, the police directorate will also step in when the conduct of the police, during operations, is in question. Whatever the case, IPID is required to exercise its powers fairly, impartially and without fear, favour or bias,” said Cele.
With the launch of the hotline number, communities will have better access to justice and recourse.
“I urge all South Africans to use this number wisely and responsibly. Report officers who sleep on duty. Report officers who turn away victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence at police stations.
“Report officers who abuse State resources and State vehicles. Report officers who harass and intimidate citizens. Report officers who aid in the sale of drugs and protect drug dealers. Report all forms of corruption by officers,” said the Minister. ----SAnews.gov.za
The public can lodge complaints on the new IPID toll-free hotline on 0800 111 969.