More than R200 million was paid for civil claims during the 2012/2013 financial year, including cases of police brutality, the Saturday Star reported.
It cited several court cases including one where a 29-year-old Cape Town woman was awarded nearly R2m in damages on Friday.
The woman was raped by an off-duty policeman who offered her a lift 15 years ago. She was awarded R250,000 for damages and R1.76million for loss of earnings by the Western Cape High Court.
Gareth Newham, head of crime and justice at the Institute for Security Studies said the huge increase in the number of civil claims against police showed there was a problem with accountability.