On Wednesday, in a presentation to Parliament’s Committee on Police, the Auditor-General (A-G) revealed that irregular expenditure at the South African Police Services (SAPS) increased from R33 million in the last financial year, to R996 million for the 2018/19 financial year. This is a 2918% increase in expenditure, which was not in accordance with any SAPS requirements or any applicable legislation.
In light of the release of the 2018/19 crime stats on Thursday, it now is crystal clear why the SAPS is dismally failing in keeping South Africans safe. Clearly, the police service has been infiltrated by crooks and incompetence that is corrupting the system from the inside.
The crime stats revealed that an average of 57.5 people are murdered every day in South Africa, with a murder rate which has increased by 3.4%. The police are also losing the battle against gender-based violence, total sexual offences increased by 4.6% with the sub-category of sexual assault increasing by 9.6%. The average for total crime detected as a result of police action has declined by 21.8%
These statistics, compounded by the alarming increase in irregular expenditure is a clear indication that SAPS needs to get its house in order. The A-G stated that “we were not able to quantify the full extent of the irregular expenditure amount.” Meaning that the extent of the financial mismanagement goes much deeper.
The almost 3000% increase also follows the 2019 Analysis of Corruption Trends Report, which revealed that