Prison warder, cop arrested for alleged drug trafficking

2016-07-16 21:25


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Port Elizabeth – A prison warder and a warrant officer were arrested in connection with drug trafficking, in separate incidents this week, Port Elizabeth police said on Saturday.

Ian Van Rensburg 48, who is a warder at St Albans correctional services and warrant officer Dawid Schoeman, 48, were arrested by members of the Gang Task Team for allegedly trafficking drugs into prison or court holding cells, police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said. 

Van Rensburg had allegedly received drugs and money to smuggle into prison on Wednesday. He was arrested on Thursday morning at his house in Bethelsdorp and charged with drug trafficking, said Naidu.

On the same day, Schoeman was arrested at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court and charged for drug trafficking and corruption, she said.  

“It is alleged that the officer accepted drugs and cash from a person to give to an awaiting trial suspect in the holding cells at the court. After completing the transaction, the arresting officer found the suspect in possession of the drugs and money,” said Naidu.

Both suspects have since appeared in court on Friday where they were released on bail.

They are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on August 16.

“SAPS management emphatically warns all our employees that should they engage in corrupt or criminal activities, they will experience the dire consequences thereof including being arrested and prosecuted,” Naidu said.

She said officers would face dismissal which would see them forfeiting their benefits.

“The SAPS will also not hesitate to take action against any other role player in the judiciary system who engages in corrupt or criminal activity.”

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