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Metro cops on the spot again

Every day, street traders in Johannesburg are expected to pay bribes to the police: if they don’t pay up, their stock is confiscated and they are ticketed. After they pay the fines, the hawkers find that not all of their stock is returned; most of it is still missing. Last week, on Behind the Headlines Read more >

Joburg shows us its bribery-beating plan

Corruption Watch met with senior officials from the City of Joburg recently to advocate for urgent and stronger action against corruption and bribery in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). The meeting was a follow up on the April launch of Corruption Watch’s ‘No more tjo-tjo campaign’ and the release of ‘The law for sale’ Read more >

Metro cops face criminal case

The internal investigation into the six Johannesburg metro police officials who were involved in the April assault of two Ivory Park residents has been concluded, the City of Johannesburg has said. The city has confirmed that the six officials are now facing a criminal case for the assault of Andries Ndlovu and Joseph Khumalo, and Read more >

Joburgers open up about cop corruption

In the weeks following our hard-hitting report on corruption within the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), a string cases of alleged bribery and assault by police have been publicised, with the Ivory Park hawker incident and The Star’s recent coverage of alleged cop corruption in Bryanston among the most damning. Corruption Watch went undercover in Read more >

Ivory Park assault cops taken off streets

By Chantelle Benjamin Six Johannesburg metro police officers have been positively identified as having been involved in the April assault on Ivory Park residents Andries Ndlovu and Joseph Khumalo. The six, who took part in an identity parade on Wednesday 23 May, have been transferred to the metro police’s building in Loveday Street where they Read more >

Tackling denial first step in dealing with JMPD corruption

By Lizette Lancaster and Gareth Newham   It is now well recognised internationally that corruption is an occupational hazard facing all policing agencies. As far back as 1978 renowned policing academic, Lawrence Sherman boldly stated that when it comes to law enforcement, “Corruption is found in virtually all countries, in all forces, and at every Read more >

The law for sale – a timeline

Where did it all begin? We examine the development of corrupt practices in the Johannesburg Metro Police Department – and efforts to curtail this corruption – over the past two decades. Mid-1990s – Before the JMPD is created traffic police in Johannesburg already have a reputation for corruption.  1996 – The newly appointed head of Read more >

Cops who beat hawkers ID’d, but still at work

By Chantelle Benjamin Two weeks after being filmed assaulting an Ivory Park hawker, it appears the four Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers are still on duty, despite a probe being launched into the attack by the metro police’s internal affairs unit. JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar would not say on Friday whether the officers, accused Read more >

Bribe hotspots: is anyone getting convicted?

In a survey sent out to readers of The Cape Argus, The Star, Pretoria News and The Daily News, and broadcast to listeners of 567 Cape Talk and KFM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, and Talk Radio 702 in November 2010, civil advocacy group Lead SA asked how many people had bribed a metro officer over a Read more >