Cops held for manipulating crime stats

Polokwane - Four top Limpopo police have appeared in court for allegedly manipulating crime statistics in Tzaneen, according to a news report on Monday.

Brigadier Naledzani Julia Sivhula, 48, Captain Matome Jonathan Matsapola, 51, Brigadier Nelson Mulaudzi, 50, and Lieutenant Colonel Mahlodi William Ramokgobedi, 49, appeared in Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The four station commanders were charged with defeating the ends of justice and would appear in court again on January 20.

Investigations began when the crime statistics for Tzaneen were found to be inaccurate and found that in 2008 serious crimes had been deliberately covered up.

The investigation found that murder cases had been reduced to inquests and housebreakings were played down by being described as cases of trespassing.

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