Cops arrested for theft and corruption

2010-10-09 07:53

Two police officers, including a lieutenant colonel, were arrested for theft and corruption in Limpopo, provincial police said today.

The two police officers were arrested for allegedly stealing $77 050 (R525 000) which was skimmed from $600 000 (R4.1 million), which was being counted at Polokwane police station under the 44-year-old lieutenant colonel’s supervision, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba in a statement.

“The suspect’s house was searched and about R127 000 cash and $3 800 was found hidden in a shallow grave in her yard and some in her house,” said Ramatseba.

“Some of the money was allegedly used by the suspect to purchase expensive furniture, building materials and settling of her accounts.

“Preliminary investigations also revealed that some of the stolen money was given to family members, friends and other people,” he said.

The lieutenant colonel, who is part of the provincial Tactical Response Team (TRT), was arrested last night.

A 30-year-old police constable was also arrested after he was allegedly given R75 000 by the arrested lieutenant colonel. R50 000 in cash was found at his parent’s home at ga-Mothapo in Mankweng. Another R25 000 was spent on clothes and friends.

The constable’s brothers, a teacher in Moletji and a clerk at Mahwelereng SA Police Service Emergency Centre, were also arrested for receiving money suspected of being stolen.

The lieutenant colonel and constable will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s court on Monday.

The police officers were investigated by the provincial and national Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations with the SA Revenue Service, Customs and Local Criminal Record Centre.

The $600 000 was confiscated by the TRT on the road between Polokwane and Makhodo on August 4. Faizel Mohammed (50) was arrested for allegedly violating the Currency and Exchange Act and the Income Tax Act.

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