The SA Police Service (SAPS) has been slapped with a qualified audit opinion for the second time in as many years. In the SAPS 2017/2018 report tabled in Parliament last week, auditor-general Kimi Makwetu raised concerns about the management of the service after finding that the Public Finance Management Act and the Treasury regulations had been violated in several instances. The poor leadership and instability at SAPS is said to have resulted in weak internal controls and compromised the fight against crime. The service has had six police commissioners in the past nine years. The 2017/2018 crime statistics showed that SA had recorded an increase in the number of reported serious crimes including murder, attempted murder and sexual offences. Violent crime The government has previously acknowledged that the high level of violent crime in SA has a significant negative effect on the country’s economy and deters foreign investment. The SAPS annual report shows that it recorded irregular...

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