THE Eastern Cape is the torture capital of South Africa, according to the annual report released by the police watchdog yesterday.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) – which is responsible for investigating deaths in police custody, police brutality, misuse of state firearms, rape involving officers and allegations of corruption – said 708 criminal cases were opened in 2012-13 against police officers in the province. Figures show the Eastern Cape has the fastest growing number of cases, with a 102% increase compared to the previous year. In the 2011-12 period, only 351 cases were opened.
Other provinces that have seen a big jump in cases are the Western Cape with a 90% increase, and the Free State with an 80% increase.
Nationally, 6728 criminal investigations were launched into both municipal and SA police officials, an increase from 4923 cases in 2011-12.
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