Arrest of five cops welcomed

By Drum Digital
04 April 2013

The arrest of five police officers for alleged drug dealing in East London was welcomed by the human settlements, safety, and liaison MEC on Thursday.

"We welcome this arrest and applaud police officers who had courage to arrest their colleagues and bring them to book," Helen Sauls-August said in a statement.

"This will help rid the service of corrupt elements that compromise [the] integrity of the service."

On Wednesday, the Hawks said the five were crime prevention officers working at the Mdantsane police station.

At the time, spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said it was alleged they raided the homes of drug dealers and then sold the seized drugs.

"It [the drugs] was not booked into the cop shop," he said.

Sauls-August warned officers not to "compromise the integrity" of the police service by being involved in crime.

The group was due to appear in the East London and Mdantsane Magistrate's Courts on Thursday, facing drug dealing and possibly racketeering charges.

-by Sapa

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