Police gang’s blunder

2014-07-24 00:00

FIVE rogue Durban Metro police officers may have locked the door to their own jail cells with their spectacular bungling of a string of crimes.

On Tuesday night, the group held a businessman at gunpoint after a daring hijacking and robbery — four officers are now on the run.

But a fifth officer was detained yesterday after Devon Govender of Umhlanga spent hours staring down the barrel of a gun as the uniformed policemen allegedly robbed his business and stole R70 000 in cash on Tuesday night.

But what set this crime apart was the astonishing bungle by the boys in blue.

A ill-fated choice of getaway vehicle proved to be the gang’s undoing.

The Witness can reveal:

• the tracking unit in the police car shows the exact route the cops took to Govender’s house and shows it stationary outside his business; and

• the officers signed a register at the gate of their station, taking possession of the car.

It is understood that using the blue lights of a marked Metro Police minibus under the guise of a routine traffic stop, the officers managed to get Govender to pull to the roadside.

His hell ride started then, as police demanded cash while holding him at gunpoint.

A Metro Police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said that the police officers had kidnapped Govender.

“They stopped him and then tried to get money out of him. These officers were operating way out of their jurisdiction, so it is easy to surmise that they were up to something from the start.”

The 42-year-old businessman was ­taken to his home in Umhlanga.

“When the officers saw that his family was home, we think they were spooked. The businessman then took them back to his office in Seaview and unlocked the safe for them,” the source added.

With their haul of cash in hand, the policemen bundled Govender out of his car at the side of the road in Bellair.

His car was found abandoned in Cato Manor yesterday morning.

Govender’s wife, Yugashni, said that the incident was appalling.

“How can something like this happen, they are supposed to be police officers,” she said.

“My husband is traumatised and he barely slept at all last night because he was so stressed. Now these people know where we live and what if they come back to our home,” she added.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that officers were ­probing cases of carjacking and armed robbery.

eThekwini Communications head ­Tozi Mthethwa confirmed that five policemen were being investigated.

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