Docket in suspected drug dealer’s house: cop ‘remains on duty’

2013-09-27 18:40

The head of police detectives at Chatsworth, south of Durban, is under investigation for corruption after a police docket he allegedly sold to a suspected local drug lord was recovered in a raid on the sugars dealer’s Shallcross home earlier this month.

Anti-drug activists battling the scourge of the deadly heroin-based cocktail in Durban’s southern townships want Colonel Bongani Biyela suspended while the corruption and defeating the ends of justice charges against him are being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

On September 16, members of the SAPS G6 Flying Squad narcotics unit, formed to crack down on suspected dealers moving sugars, also known as whoonga, in Chatsworth and the surrounding townships, raided the home of Strini Naidoo in nearby Shallcross township.

Anti-drug activists and SAPS sources claim Naidoo is a mid-level operator for a notorious drug boss known as Teddy Mafia.

Naidoo has denied being a drug dealer.

The raiding party discovered the docket, for Case 506/05/13, for charges of defeating the ends of justice, theft and assault against Naidoo, who was out on bail for the case.

Naidoo was arrested and charged for defeating the ends of justice and allegedly implicated Biyela for selling him the docket for R10 000.

A second payment of R6 000 would have been made after the withdrawal of the case because of the disappearance of the docket.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker told City Press that Biyela remained on duty. The matter had been reported to the Ipid, who were investigating, Naicker said.

“The member you refer to is still on duty pending an investigation by Ipid. As far as we are aware he was never charged for the allegation made by (an alleged) drug dealer. You can speak to Ipid regarding the investigation,’’ Naicker said.

Biyela could not be reached at the station. SAPS sources said he had been placed on special leave.

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed the probe and said a warning statement had already been taken from Biyela. He was unable to provide further detail on the case.

Chatsworth Anti Drug Forum director Sam Pillay said he discovery of the docket and its alleged sale to Naidoo would “bring down community confidence in the police even more”.

“Community members constantly complain about police members being involved with the drug dealers. It’s very sad to hear that such a senior officer as the head of detectives, now allegedly sold a docket,’’ he said.

“Good, honest officers are doing their jobs and making arrests yet dealers are being acquitted for lack of evidence. Is this intentional? Are people getting paid? Perhaps this explains why some dealers have been operating with carte blanche for more than 20 years,’’ Pillay said.

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