Police officers brought to book

2015-08-26 06:00
LT.GEN. THABETHE MPEMBE, the Free State police commissioner.

LT.GEN. THABETHE MPEMBE, the Free State police commissioner.

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GROUP of 21 police officers in Welkom dismissed from duty after being found guilty during internal departmental hearings are set to face criminal charges in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court.

Brig. Vishnu Naidoo, national police spokesperson, said the officers were criminally charged with corruption, theft and defeating the ends of justice during a departmental trial.

He said the 21 police officers had all been dismissed from service on 30 July for alleged criminal offences they had committed in September 2014.

Naidoo said the 21 officers would all appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court to begin their trial, set to run from September until November.

The fired police officers were busted by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, in September, after months of intense investigation.

They were arrested along with six civilians after the gathering of intensive intelligence information about illegal activities involving gold dust in the Goldfields area.

The fired police officers were stationed at different units in Welkom and Thabong.

Following their arrest, Lt.Gen. Thabethe Mpembe, Free State police commissioner, stated clearly that there were no escape for police officers found to have their hands in the cookie jar, as they would be charged departmentally and face charges in court.

“The dismissal from the SAPS is part of the national commissioner’s effort to clean up and professionalise the SAPS.

“However, the woes of these 21 former members are nowhere near over as yet. They are criminally charged with corruption, theft and defeating the ends of justice,” said Naidoo.

“During the departmental trial, the deliberations were more based on their involvement in offences ranging from contravening the Precious Metals Act to defeating the ends of justice, theft, corruption and money laundering in the Goldfields.

“Their dismissal from the organisation emanated from charges of committing common law or statutory offences; conducting themselves in an improper, disgraceful and unacceptable manner; prejudice towards the administration, discipline or efficiency of a department, office or institution of the state and contravening the prescribed Code of Conduct for the service or the public service, which may be applicable to each one of them.

“This sanction is an example that corruption and misconduct will not be tolerated within the ranks of the SAPS.”

He said the dismissal of the 21 police officers brought the total of police officers dismissed from the SAPS in the last three years to 1 463.

“Over 250 members remain on suspension, of which about two thirds are suspended without pay,” said Naidoo.

The sacked officials held the following ranks while they were in the service of the SAPS: ) Capt. Rahab Makokone Letsie (47);) WO Mbulelo Samson Jaho (49);) WO Pule Lelao John Matlabe (52);) WO Lebuso Daniel David Sempapalele (50);) WO Tshokolo Samuel Makhisa (42);) Const. Kedibone Eisa Dlamini (35);) Const. Tshediso Johannes Macala (35);) Const. Molo Samuel Monyaki (33);) Const. Matsietsi Thomas Sebeela (37);) Const. Ishmael Tankiso Masilo (34);) Const. Molemo Macdonald Sehole (31);) Const. Samuel Modupe Moeti (40);) Const.Tshediso Matthews Rampoporo (32);) Const. Zekhethile Joseph Mbena (34);) Const. Phinithi Daniel Mpholo (34);) Const. Sebolai Hendrik Molete (38);) Const. Themba Josiah Mdaka (36); ) Sgt Thuli Daniel Tladi (50);) Sgt Sekaleli Jeremia Tsibulane (37);) Const. Thebanyane Michael Masakale (37); and ) Messenger David Mahlalela (49)

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