POLICE WATCHDOG LAUNCHES 24-HOUR HOTLINE TO REPORT WRONGDOING BY OFFICERS
Policer Minister Bheki Cele and Jennifer Ntlatseng launched the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) hotline this morning, to allow South Africans to report police officers found committing crimes in real time. The hotline was launched for communities to have better access to justice and recourse. Cele stated that he is confident that most of the SAPS are hardworking and trustworthy but there are a few that give SAPS a bad name.
The men and women in blue have been linked to a number of crimes during the lockdown – including the death of Collins Khosa in April. Just this morning a high-ranking police officer was arrested in a pre-dawn raid on charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and theft.
“I believe the launch of this number brings IPID one step closer in better positioning itself as an effective and impartial oversight body of the police,” said Cele
So how will the hotline work?
The directorate’s Ntlatseng explained that, “all the community or public does is call the number. It will go straight to a complaint receptionist who will take down the complaint. Once it is registered, it is allocated to an investigator. The next day the investigator will be calling to understand the depth of the case.”
Cele asked South Africans to report officers that sleeps on duty, officers that refuse to assist Gender Based Violence victims, officers that abuse the use of State vehicles.
The IPID contact number is 0800 111 696