n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - How independent is South Africa's Independent Complaints Directorate?

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Democratic and accountable policing are regarded as important hallmarks of democracy. In a healthy democracy, a police service exists to protect and support the rights of the community, not to repress or curtail freedom and ensure power for the governing regime. Holding the police accountable for their plans, actions and decisions provides the necessary balance to the exercise of professional discretion by these officials. Accountability also provides a means by which the relationship between the police and the state can be kept under scrutiny - a way of providing insulation against internal and external interference with the proper function of the police.

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