n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - An enemy from within : a critical analysis of corruption in the South African Police Service

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



The South African Police Service, like many other police agencies around the world, is confronted by the challenge of fighting crime with clean hands. To win this challenge, police corruption needs to be systematically uprooted. The rooting out of corruption is crucial to preserve the integrity of the police agency. Police corruption is increasingly understood as a hazard inherent in police work. The aim of this article is to investigate various factors that play a role in or make it easy for the police to commit corruption. This will be followed by measures designed to prevent corruption. The preventive measures are premised on the fact that there are multiple causal factors to police corruption, which are found within individual members, the organisation and in the operational methods of the police. These factors will be scrutinized and various preventive measures will be proposed as the way forward. The article further explains the importance of cultivating police informants within the police service and highlights the necessity of changing police policies to ensure that police informants are paid.

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