Are Durban’s metro cops ‘rotten’?

After months of disputes, dissension and protests, matters at eThekwini metro police came to a head last week when the city placed the unit’s head, Eugene Nzama, on special leave following allegations of maladministration and instability.

The SA Municipal Worker’s Union (Samwu) members heaved a sigh of relief, saying it was hard to work in an organisation which was “rotten to the core”. But problems in the metro police are not unique to eThekwini.

File photo: A metro police officer died after he was shot during a robbery at the mall. Photo: Phill Magakoe. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The civil society organisation, Corruption Watch, released a report into corruption in the Joburg Metro Police, saying transformation started from the top and bribery seemed to be common in all metro police departments.

Spokeswoman Bongi Mlangeni said the answer was effective management and monitoring. In 1998 an amendment to the SA Police Service Act was promulgated which provided for the establishment of municipal police services. Subsequently these were formed in Durban, Joburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Cape Town. Since its inception eThekwini has been plagued by scandal after scandal. Here are some of the major problems highlighted over the past six months:

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The Manase report, which emanated from an investi-gation into irregularities in eThekwini municipality, found that:

January 2012

December 2011