The anonymous tip-off hotline, launched as part of the National Police Day celebrations, is to be implemented whereby members of the public can report corrupt behaviour by police officials,.
“Members of the South African Police Service were also instructed to comply with the Code of Conduct and Ethics which prescribes and emphasize the importance of ethical behavior and integrity for all the employees,” SAPS announced.
“In an effort to reduce the levels of corrupt members in Gauteng, the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros introduced a corruption Hotline 0860 267 7878 in which complaints can be made in any language and anonymously,” the organisation added.
The Service also highlighted its priorities going forward, which focus on dealing with “serious crime” including crimes against women and children, drugs trafficking, and violent crime. SAPS called upon members of the public to cooperate by reporting all incidents of crime in order to facilitate the adjustment of crime prevention strategies.
Note was also made of the recent killing by eight South African policemen of taxi driver Mido Macia, which the organisation referred to as a “shocking incident” while also stating the incident has renewed police commitment to building relationships with local communities.
National Police Day is usually celebrated on January 27, but this year was moved to March 6 due to “unforeseen circumstances”, according to SAPS. The Police Service joined with members of the public in celebrations in Johannesburg stadium.