Cops investigated for sleeping on duty

2012-09-26 14:03

The investigation of three Mpumalanga police officers that were caught sleeping on duty is ongoing.

The officers, who are stationed in Ermelo, were caught sleeping by a local resident on August 22 when he went to the police station to report a burglary.

The resident took shots of the sleeping officers with his cellphone.

Community members had also been complaining through local newspapers that phones at the station were not being answered at night.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the cops could not be named.

“We also can’t divulge any contents of the case because it’s an internal matter. However, the provincial commissioner (Lieutenant General Thulani Ntobela) has made it clear that if they’re found guilty, they will be dealt with very harshly,” said Hlathi.

“Sleeping on duty is a serious matter that is tantamount to dereliction of duty,” he added.

Hlathi said that Ntobela was also going to meet with the Ermelo community to gather more information about police work in the town.

“Through this session, it is hoped that the community will come forward and register their [complaints] to him, so that such matters raised will be extensively scrutinised and probed,” he said.

Ermelo chamber of business president Athol Stark said that service delivery across all government departments in the town was generally weak.

“These things are going to be addressed by mass action in the next few weeks. We can’t afford to have a town that isn’t functioning properly.

“Corruption and lack of service delivery are causing a lot of animosity in this town,” Stark said.

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