Thuggish, greedy police who engineer bribes were among the most crooked South Africans during Covid-19, joining pilfering principals and local government looters exposed by Corruption Watch, in its Analysis of Corruption Trends report. Of those tasked with upholding the law, News24 quotes the researchers as saying: “On the subject of police corruption, reports from the public reveal disturbing allegations of brutality, most evident during the early stages of the Covid-19 lockdown”. Adding that “These reports speak to SAPS’ lack of humanity and consideration for the members of the public whom it serves, and a blatant disregard for law and order on the part of officers and officials”.