n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Factors contributing to police corruptive practices : the case of selected Metropolitan Police Departments in the Gauteng Province

Volume 29 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The main objective of the article is to discuss officers' perception regarding factors contributing to corruption within the selected Metropolitan Police Departments (MPDs) in the Gauteng Province. This study did not aim to measure the extent of police corruption in the selected departments, but tried to shed light on some of the factors that might, if not adequately attended to by the administrators, would contribute to police corruption. Data were obtained through the administration of questionnaire to 500 respondents utilising a stratified random sampling. The result found that most of the respondents not only blamed individual police officers for having low moral values, but they also stated that organisational and societal factors can also cause police officer to become corrupt. This article provides with recommendations to address the challenges highlighted by the respondents in order to effectively combat corruption in the Metropolitan Police Departments.

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