Cops nab their own

2019-04-16 06:01

Two Kensington police officers appeared briefly at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 11 April following an arrest for alleged corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

The 25 and 41-year-old constable and reservist were arrested by the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) on Tuesday 9 April at the station.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the two officers executed a search warrant at the home of a merchant where a substantial amount of cash and mandrax tablets were seized and the suspect was arrested on Monday 1 April.

Rwexana said upon their arrival at the station the two officers allegedly handed over “only a portion of the tablets that were seized were booked in as being found abandoned and the suspect was released without being charged.”

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula expressed concern that individuals entrusted to maintain law and order find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

He echoed the commitment of the South African Police Service to root out bad apples within its ranks.

“There is no room for corrupt police members in the organisation, our mandate is to fight crime and bring perpetrators to book, including our own. We trust that these arrests will send a warning to other would-be criminals,” Jula said.

They will be back in court on Thursday 18 April for a formal bail application.

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