Wrongful arrest settlements cost the police more than R203-million in the 2015-2016 financial year‚ Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko told Parliament.
The amount of money paid out in compliance with court orders has grown more than fivefold since the 2009-2010 financial year. The figures point to worrying professionalism in the operations of the Saps when conducting their work.
More than R170-million was paid in compliance with court orders and the other R33-million as a result of out-of-court settlements.
In a written response to a question from Democratic Alliance MP Zakhele Mbhele‚ Nhleko presented the figures from 2009-2010 to 2015-2016.
“The amounts paid during the respective financial years‚ were not necessarily received in the same financial year. The claim could have originated in a previous financial year‚” Nhleko said.
Payments for wrongful arrests in compliance with court orders:
|2009/2010||R32 271 175‚70|
|2010/2011||R51 003 343‚96|
|2011/2012||R78 192 440‚38|
|2012/2013||R101 652 001‚33|
|2013/2014||R138 189 961‚09|
|2014/2015||R133 260 472‚68|
|2015/2016||R170 652 542‚30|
Payments for wrongful arrests stemming from out-of-court settlements:
|2009/2010||R8 383 395‚44|
|2010/2011||R7 060 753‚14|
|2011/2012||R6 419 285‚40|
|2012/2013||R22 554 053‚61|
|2013/2014||R28 563 752‚27|
|2014/2015||R42 740 971‚99|
|2015/2016||R33 015 807‚55|