sapsDaily News reports that at least 106 police officers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have been implicated in crimes ranging from culpable homicide and assault with grievous bodily harm, to unlawfully discharging a state firearm and torture.  

This is according to statistics released exclusively to the Daily News by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).  Most of the cases investigated involved the death of suspects while in police custody, while the discharging of a firearm and torture also featured high on the list.  Apart from these criminal cases, there were many misconduct cases in which Ipid made recommendations and police officers were found guilty.  Phoenix, Durban Central, Inanda, uMlazi and Osizweni police stations had the most cases in which police officers were under investigation.  Phoenix recorded 60 cases for the 2016/2017 period, while the remainder recorded 56, 45, 35 and 32 respectively.  The stations with the lowest incidence of police-initiated crime were Kokstad and Richards Bay, both 14, Cato Manor and Verulam, both 13, with Brighton Beach recording 12 reported cases.  Mary de Haas, KZN violence monitor, said while she welcomed the findings, she believed it was only the tip of the iceberg.


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