EMPD Officials with Criminal Records not Suspended or Disciplined
It is shocking and completely appalling to learn that a number of EMPD officials in Ekurhuleni have criminal records ranging from theft, corruption and murder. The MMC of Community Safety, Cllr Vivienne Chauke, confirmed this information by means of written reply.
The MMC also provided a comprehensive list of all the EMPD officials with criminal records; inclusive of names, rank, offence and the departments in which they are stationed (also attached). In a previous Council term , it came to light that 115 EMPD officials had criminal records. The list of names has since decreased, yet the very same officials with past criminal records still serve in the EMPD. This simply confirms that many of these officials have applied for criminal clearance.
There is one particular official serving in the EMPD VIP Unit who was found guilty of murder. This official is awaiting sentencing, yet he is still serving in the EMPD. How does the Metro justify keeping a murderer on its payroll?
It is incredibly perturbing that such a large number of EMPD officials hold criminal records. The residents of Ekurhuleni should have faith in their police officers; how can this be when the police are criminals themselves? It is evident that the ANC in Ekurhuleni has allowed many individuals with criminal records to enter the EMPD without proper inspection and scrutiny. Otherwise, one can only assume that the officials had very close ties with senior ANC cadres.
It has been evident that the EMPD under the current ANC administration is not interested in getting rid of the bad apples in the pack, as they allow criminal cases against police officers to drag on until they are eventually swept under the carpet. It is yet to be seen if the newly appointed Chief of Police, General Isaac Mapiyeye, will take any action against officials that are guilty of ill-discipline and criminal conduct.
Under a Democratic Alliance (DA) controlled Metro, the Integrity & Standards Unit will be given the authority and autonomy to operate without political interference in order to rid the EMPD of criminals and corrupt officials.
Media Statement by Wollaston Labuschagne