Camperdown police chief appears in court

2008-09-21 00:00

The station commissioner of Camperdown police station, Superintendent Vusimuzi Guliwe (41), and a colleague, Inspector Wilfred Ngcamu (42), appeared briefly in court at Camperdown on Friday in connection with charges of crimen injuria and defeating the ends of justice.

Guliwe faces a charge of crimen injuria for allegedly insulting and impairing the dignity of Bhekani Mvula by calling him a “bastard” at the station on December 4 last year.

He is further charged with defeating the ends of justice for allegedly instructing members under his command two days later to file false witness statements in the docket opened against him.

Ngcamu has been charged with a single count of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly filing a false witness statement on December 14 last year in the docket opened against Guliwe.

The case was postponed until October 24. Neither of the accused has pleaded to any charges.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed yesterday that Guliwe has been temporarily transferred to Howick police station.

Guliwe reportedly resisted the transfer and was unhappy when his replacement, Superintendent Richard Bonginkosi Nyide, reported for duty on Monday.

Budhram confirmed there had been a “misunderstanding” due to a lack of communication and said Guliwe had claimed to have been unaware he was being replaced.

However he said the matter had been resolved, and Nyide has taken over as acting station commissioner at Camperdown.

Provincial Commissioner Hamilton Ngidi told The Witness last month that an investigation is under way into allegations of discord between Guliwe and his staff at Camperdown.

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