Man who claimed he was hijacked by police caught in a lie

2014-05-01 00:00

A DURBAN man gave a dramatic sworn statement to police — claiming he’d been hijacked and robbed by six uniformed policemen in Hillcrest last week.

But, yesterday, the same man appeared in a Pinetown court — accused of making up the whole story to avoid trouble.

Police allege that, in fact, the 20-year-old, had fled Metro police — believing they would arrest him for unpaid parking tickets; abandoned his VW Golf in thick bushes; and then made the elaborate claim.

Yesterday, SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said, “The suspect claimed that he was driving with his friend along Kassier Road in Hillcrest and they were instructed by police officers to stop.

He also alleged that the police officers robbed him of his VW Golf, cash, wristwatch, cellphone and a jacket.”

The only truth to the story, police say, is that he was driving on Kassier Road with a friend on April 23.

“After a thorough investigation police established that both the suspect and his witness lied about the events of the evening,” said Naicker.

“The Durban Metro Police instructed him to stop. He sped off because he had unpaid traffic fines and later abandoned his vehicle near a bush in Hillcrest.

“His vehicle was impounded and was in the safe custody of Metro Police. He was then arrested and charged for defeating the ends of justice and perjury.”

In a statement, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, said, “We cannot allow people to drag the name of the SAPS in the mud to fulfill their criminal deeds. It is disturbing that people will open false cases and implicate police in crimes that did not occur.”

However, 20 minutes after this statement was released to the media, Naicker released another statement entitled “Police officers arrested for business robbery”.

He said two uniformed police officers demanded a bribe from a tuck shop in KwaMashu on April 25 — and then simply stole a bag of cash and airtime vouchers.

A 30-year-old officer and his 32-year-old partner were arrested by an Inanda SAPS task team yesterday.

Naicker said the officers were also suspended immediately and that once the court process was finalised, “departmental processes” would follow.

Commissioner Ngobeni said, “We will not allow such individuals to soil the good name of our hardworking and dedicated police service.”

Mbuso Shobede, KwaMashu CPF chairperson, said, “There’s a need for strategic ways to get rid of bad officers because they dent the reputation of the hard-working officers.”

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