Yet another Mountain Rise official in hot water

2009-11-24 00:00

YET another official at Mountain Rise police station is in hot water following allegations of serious misconduct.

This time a clerk at Mountain Rise police station was, allegedly, recently suspended for misappropriation of police property. This brings the number of officers suspended at the station for misconduct to 12.

Meanwhile, another senior official is under suspicion for misappropriation of police property to the tune of R500 000.

It was reported that the clerk was suspended on the weekend for misappropriation of an unspecified number of goods of which the value has not yet been established.

The clerk’s suspension follows an intense investigation by the new management, which recently took over the operations at the station after the Independent Directorate’s Commission discovered that numerous senior officials had mani­pulated crime statistics, by not registering some cases, in an attempt to keep the crime statistics low in their precinct.

The 11 officials who were implicated were all redeployed to work in the province.

When contacted for comment, provincial police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe said she was not aware of the latest incident at the station but said she would find out. She had not responded at the time of going to press.

Bheki Mncube, the spokesperson for the MEC of Transport community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu declined to comment, saying the latest episode at the Mountain Rise police station was a police issue.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson of Community Safety and Security MP Dianne Kohler Barnard, who visited the police station yesterday, expressed shock at the latest suspension.

She said she hoped that the law will take its course in respect of the suspect.

“We hope that this person will not be deployed to work in other parts of the province like the 11 other officers from the station, but will be made to stay at home.”

Barnard commended the work done by the new management and said she hoped the “clean up will help to drive the police station back to the top”.

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