EC SAPS pay millions in civil claims

13:36 (GMT+2) Thu, 11 Jul 2019

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape has paid out civil claims in excess of R45 million for the 2018/19 financial year. 

That is according to MEC for Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, who was responding to a written question posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA). 

According to the DA, this is up by R6-million from the claims paid in the 2017/18 financial year, and nearly R11-million more than what was paid out in 2016/17. 

In a statement on Thursday, DA MPL Bobby Stevenson said that a pending R2,3 billion in current claims against the police in the Eastern Cape was a shocking indictment on the state of policing in the province. 

"This is an extremely disturbing trend which underlines the importance of the need for a human rights culture and professional SAPS in the Eastern Cape."

The breakdown of claims paints a picture of a police service that is not upholding the law and respecting the rights of people. 

Stevenson said that figures paid out for the 2018/19 year included:

  • R26,1 million for Arrest and Detention 
  • R7,3 million for Shooting 
  • R3,3 million for General Damages 
  • R2,2 million for Negligence 
  • R2,1 million for Assault 
  • R1,3 million for Search and Seizure 
  • R1,1 million for Collisions 

 -African News Agency (ANA),