‘When I see them I feel like beating them’: Corruption and the South African Police Service

  • Andrew Faull Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: police, SAPS, corruption, South Africa


South African survey data on citizen attitudes towards police have, for the past ten years, indicated a lack of trust in law enforcers. Similarly, the SAPS has, since the early nineties, developed a public image as a widely corrupt organisation. In 2010 the SAPS reverted to military ranks and adopted a discourse of 'force' in an attempt to improve discipline, effectiveness and image. This paper presents a summary of findings from 15 focus groups conducted in mid-2010 that sought to explore public experiences and perceptions of police and police corruption.

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Andrew Faull, Institute for Security Studies
Crime and Justice Programme
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