A total of 13% of all complaints at Corruption Watch were against the SAPS.
“Whistleblowers express their displeasure and consternation with the police in a wide range of allegations that mainly expose the cruelty, carelessness and inhumanity towards the public, as well as a lack of respect for law and order by officials and officials,” the report reads.
Corruption Watch says bribery requests are responsible for 31% of corruption complaints and police members apparently demand bribes from suspects and victims – and sometimes from small businesses or ordinary members of the public.
According to the organization, bribes are paid so that drug dealers can do business without hesitation, or so that dossiers disappear.
“Small businesses, mostly informal traders, have their items confiscated and then returned should the owners be willing to pay whatever amount is required.”
During the isolation period, police officers apparently often threatened to make the lives of ordinary people “very difficult” should a member of the public not be willing to dock to be left in peace.
The organization says during this time, officers conducted stop-and-search operations. Those who complied with the seclusion regulations were reportedly required to pay an amount to ensure the safety of their belongings and to prevent arrest.
As far as complaints of abuse of power were concerned, bribery was not always the problem, but people were apparently assaulted.
“We have been informed that such sporadic incidents of violence have occurred when officers accused people of not complying with the isolation regulations. “Ironically, other alleged abuses of power by the police include the sale of prohibited items, mostly liquor and cigarettes, as well as the fact that unauthorized businesses have been allowed to do business,” the report reads.