Hijacking: cop to stay in custody

2010-11-05 00:00

SIZWE Ndlovu, a constable based at Alexandra Road police station was yesterday remanded in custody until for November 18 when his bail application will be heard.

Investigating Officer Captain Jageesh Devnarain Singh of the Pietermaritzburg Hawks said Ndlovu’s bail application will be opposed.

The constable was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the heist on August 30 of a truck carrying Unilever cosmetic products.

Two alleged accomplices, Nkosenhle Ndlovu and Phumlani Dlungwana, handed themselves over to the police two days after the heist and have been granted bail of R7 000 and R10 000.

Yesterday The Witness reported that flashing blue lights had been used to signal the truck to stop, but Singh pointed out that the headlights had been flashed at the truck and the siren activated.

The Democratic Alliance said it is a harsh reality that people who are presumed to be custodians of the law are linked to criminal activity.

DA community safety spokesperson Sizwe Mchunu said that if apprehended, members of the public must arm themselves with information, including officers’ names and employee numbers, in a bid to deter this scourge.

“We hoped that the recent conversion of the Independent Complaints Directorate to the NTD would bring stronger punitive measures against those found guilty of abusing their positions.

“But sentencing in previous cases has been too lenient, failing to act as a deterrent to the so-called law enforcement officers,” said Mchunu.

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