BAD COPS GET A BREAK: The closure of the SAPS Anti-Corruption Anti-Corruption Unit

  • Gareth Newham Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
  • Lulama Gomomo Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Keywords: police, corruption, South Africa


In 1996 the SAPS established its first internal anti-corruption unit to tackle what was identified as a growing problem of police corruption. Seven years down the line, combating corruption is still a national priority of the SAPS. But recently the SAPS announced that it is closing the anti-corruption unit and integrating some of its members into the organised crime unit. International experience suggests, however, that a specialised unit dedicated to investigating police crime and corruption is crucial if these problems are to be tackled effectively.

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