Cape Town cop nabbed after alleged dealer's docket disappears

2016-04-22 14:17
The police officer after he had been arrested. (Photo supplied)

The police officer after he had been arrested. (Photo supplied)

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Cape Town - A Lentegeur police station detective was arrested on Friday morning for alleged corruption after a drug dealer’s docket disappeared, Western Cape police said.

The provincial organised crime unit arrested the 34-year-old officer when he arrived at work, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.

The sergeant allegedly submitted a duplicate case docket to court, omitting certain details and adding a statement indicating that the original docket was gone and that insufficient evidence existed to prosecute.

This resulted in a charge of drug dealing being withdrawn against a suspect.

The officer would appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Mitchells Plain community police forum chairperson Hanif Loonat told News24 it was disturbing that instead of criminals being nabbed off the street, they were being arrested within the police’s ranks.

“It takes the crime-fighting efforts in the wrong direction,” he said.

“It is especially upsetting that this happened at a station like Lentegeur in Mitchells Plain, where drugs arrests are extremely challenging. This won’t help us eradicate this issue on our streets.”

Loonat insisted there was large-scale corruption in the force, especially among the detectives.

“The majority are illicitly enriching themselves this way. They are making tens of thousands of rands a month, tax free [through pay-offs]. But we are watching. You will get caught.”

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