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Half South Sudan cops may be fake

AFP-JIJI

A probe into policing in the troubled new nation of South Sudan has uncovered 11,000 fake names on the payroll, the interior minister said Tuesday, offering some explanation for rising crime.

Worse still, Aleu Ayeny Aleu told reporters, a further 16,000 names were being investigated, meaning half the force on the payroll may be fictitious. The scam has enabled corrupt officials to pocket their salaries, he said.

South Sudan’s police force — made up of former rebels who fought Sudanese forces in the brutal 1983-2005 civil war — was thought initially to total some 52,000 men and women, police spokesman James Monday said.