n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Analysing police corruption and its possible causes

Special Edition 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article discusses individual perceptions of police corruption as well as the possible causes thereof. The research was undertaken at three different police stations, namely Pretoria Moot, Garsfontein and Mamelodi police stations in Pretoria (Tshwane). A predominantly quantitative approach was used during which a structured questionnaire was developed with closed-ended questions and an open-ended section for general comment. Subsequently, statements based on the aforementioned facets were prepared and presented to the respondents with the aim of obtaining the perceptions of the civilians (administration clerks and typists) and police officials (uniformed members and detectives). The findings reveal what the respondents perceived as causative factors contributing to corruption in the SAPS. The recommendations and conclusions are based on the research findings.

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