Hawks swoop on four Margate policmen for serious crimes

2011-06-09 00:00

FOUR policemen from Margate police station were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks) on charges including attempted murder and armed robbery.

Constable Mduduzi Kenneth Mpofana was arrested on May 19 for theft of cash, corruption and kidnapping. He was released on R1 000 bail and the case was remanded to June 30.

Warrant Officer Mzingisi Sukantaka and Constable Nkululeko Mditshwa from the same station were linked to Mpofana’s case and were arrested yesterday on the same charges.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the two appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court yesterday and were both granted R1 000 bail. The case was postponed to June 30, the date on which their co-accused Mpofana will be appearing in the same court.

The state alleges that the three policemen colluded to extort cash from a man who was lured into buying cheap cigarettes from a house in Margate.

The “victim” alleged the officers promised to sell him cigarettes at a cheaper price.

They all went to a house in Margate Extension 3 where the goods were shown to the man, who allegedly paid for them.

“Instead of getting what he had paid for, policemen appeared from nowhere and accused him of dealing in drugs. His money was taken and he was taken to the police station where more money was taken from him, and was later released,” said Naicker.

He said it appeared that the man was not aware that he was buying the cigarettes, which were original goods, from police officers.

Constable Mditshwa will face an additional charge of possession of stolen property, including cellphones and a TV set.

On Tuesday Constable Steven Ngubane from the same station was arrested on charges of armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed ammunition and theft of ammunition.

He appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

He will appear again today for a bail application.

Police allege that in the early hours of Sunday, April 17 Ngubane, robbed a tuckshop owner in Margate.

The owner was in bed when his house door was forced open by a man wearing a police uniform shining a torch into his face.

The shop owner tried to grab the torch, but the man in uniform fired gunshots at him, forced him to cover himself with blankets and walked away with the owner’s money.

Naicker applauded Hawks members for the “speedy” investigation and “swift” arrests.

 

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