Gauteng police have dismissed 66 police officers between April and September this year, in an effort to deal with corruption.
“Forty-two of these officers were dismissed for being involved in criminal acts including corruption, robbery, theft, attempted murder, housebreaking and theft, kidnapping, hijacking and possession of stolen motor vehicles,” spokesperson Lieutenant- Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.
Out of the dismissals, 17 were involved in corruption and six in robberies, he said.
He said other charges against the officers included aiding prisoners to escape and rape.
The officers were fired because the SAPS wanted to professionalise the police service by dealing harshly with corruption and any officers involved in criminal acts.
Ten of the officers were dismissed for misconduct including absence, insubordination and defeating the ends of justice.
Eight dismissals included civilian members.