Series of Scandals Hit South African Police Leadership

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOKSBURG, South Africa (AP) -- One of South Africa's highest-ranking police officers is accused of plotting with other cops to murder a rival in a love triangle, and then covering up the crime for a decade.
Richard Mdluli, who appeared in a courtroom near Johannesburg on Thursday, denies those charges.
His case is just one in series of scandals involving the police in South Africa, where high rates of murder and crime are national crises.
Questions about possible criminals on the force are undermining morale in the ranks and confidence among the public.
Last year, a former national police chief was convicted of taking money and gifts from a confessed drug smuggler. Earlier this year, the new chief was accused of acting unlawfully in making a deal to lease police offices.

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