We catch SAPS members shredding dockets on the street

2009-09-08 07:20

A POLICE officer systematically goes through a pile of dockets,

tearing them up while his colleagues watch.

This is the scene City Press came across this week, following a

tip-off from a reader who saw the dockets being torn up and put in a rubbish

bin.

City Press filmed the officer, watched by colleagues and members of

the Metro police, in broad daylight, between Fox and Commissioner streets in the

Johannesburg CBD. The officers did not seem to care about the public going past

in the busy street.

The dockets and accident reports are mainly from the Johannesburg

Central police station. Among the pile of rubbish were official police vehicle

requisition books and ­diaries.

City Press managed to piece together one of the dockets and track

down the complainant.

Sudefhan Naidu of Kempton Park opened a case after his car was

broken into while at a fleamarket in Mayfair in July.

He was speechless when told what had happened to his docket. “I

have had no update on the case. I am so disappointed,” said Naidu.

Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo, spokesperson for the Gauteng

police, said it was a criminal offence for a police officer to destroy a docket

and Gauteng police have not shredded any dockets for a very long time.

“Even if a case is finalised and suspects are convicted, dockets

are kept safely for a period of time and we would not just dispose of them in a

bin,” Mariemuthoo said.

He said they viewed such behaviour in a very serious light and

would investigate the matter urgently. “Anyone found guilty of misconduct will

be dismissed,” he said.

He promised to get in touch with Naidu to make sure that his case

was investigated.

Nonkululeko Mbatha, spokesperson for the newly appointed

commissioner of police, Bheki Cele, said they had asked the Gauteng police to

make sure that the police member seen on the City Press video footage was

brought to book.

“As early as Friday when the matter was brought to our attention,

the commissioner personally called the provincial management to attend to the

matter,” said Mbatha.

“We cannot have police officers who behave like criminals. Their

duty is to investigate crime and arrest perpetrators,” she said.


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