Limpopo cop held after copper sting

2012-01-22 22:35

Johannesburg - A Limpopo policeman appeared in the Lephalale Magistrate's Court after he was arrested for buying stolen copper cables, police said on Sunday.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said 56-year-old warrant officer, Johannes Gouws, was arrested on Friday when he bought the cables from an undercover Hawks agent.

"A sting operation was carried out in which an agent posed to have large quantities of stolen copper which he needed to dispose. A meeting was set up where the unsuspecting officer bought the stolen loot from the agent," Mulaudzi said.

Gouws was charged at a local station and immediately taken to court. He was later released on R5 000 bail.

He faced charges of failure to give account of the possession of stolen goods, receiving stolen property without reasonable course and contravention of the Organised Crime Act.

Mulaudzi said police were currently processing Gouw's suspension.

He will appear in the Lephalale Magistrate's Court again on February 28.

- SAPA
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