Rise in South African police brutality cases

Shooting Deathsource: iOL News
published: 1 October 2015

More South Africans died in police custody or because of police action in the past year than previously, while rapes and torture incidents also increased.

Although most of the deaths took place in KwaZulu-Natal, followed by Gauteng, the Western Cape not only recorded the most rapes by police but also assaults by officers and complaints about police firing their firearms in public.

The shocking information, highlighting the spike in incidents of police brutality, is revealed in the 2014/15 annual report of the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), released on Wednesday.

This emerged on the same day that the SAPS 2014/15 annual report revealed that the police incurred civil claim liabilities of more than R9.5 billion due to police misconduct in the past year.

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