Cop due in court for selling uniforms

2012-04-05 07:46

Cape Town - Suspended police captain Esmerelda Bailey was expected to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday on corruption charges.

Bailey, 43, arrested last year in a police trap, faces charges related to the illegal sale of police uniforms and ammunition.

Last month, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court granted a separation of the trials of Bailey and her co-accused Waleed Hendricks, 25.

Hendricks, who allegedly bought the stolen police uniforms and ammunition from Bailey, would go on trial in the Cape Town Regional Court.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-04-05 08:03

    What a circus - Cops top and bottom are corrupt - the criminals are laughing all the way to their banks.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-05 08:08

    Such cops are a massive hindrance in the fight against crime. They must lock her up.

  • Steve - 2012-04-05 08:13

    Sure inspires confidence. Corruption has become a national passtime.

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-04-05 08:27

    But still some argue that the police should be the only ones with fire arms.

  • - 2012-04-05 08:30

    They should arrest her because what kind of role is she for the community and shes giving the police a bad name

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-05 08:39

    It makes difficult to trust the police

  • Flynn - 2012-04-05 08:43

    Police officials who sell state uniforms & guns to criminals should be charge hand in hand with all the crime that was committed with the uniforms & guns. Corruption is rife in SA but the law must take its cause

  • ettiene.gerber - 2012-04-05 09:14

    Get rid of all corrupt saps members whos giving us a bad name.!!!!

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-04-05 09:16

    not all police members are corrupt, its unfair to judge all member on the account of the members that actually are corrupt.

  • Linda - 2012-04-05 09:35

    She wouldnt have been able to sell police uniforms if the name and police number of the cop was displayed on their shirt like it is on the rugby players jerseys. This would also put a stop to all the solicitation of bribes and intimidation that takes place because the corrupt cops could no longer hide behind anonimity by simply removing their name tags. Each cop should be issued with a set number of uniforms, with their own details clearly displayed on, which they would be required to hand back when they left the force.

  • Cpo - 2012-04-05 09:39

    The whole Police Ministry lacks people with vision,skills and mostly passion for police work especially leadership,consequently the bottom level personnel which are police officers work with minimum control measures&they end up doing as they please. How do you sell ammunition,uniforms and even guns when there are control mesures? This basically tells us almost all Police Stations operate without proper control measures, dont know how many guns,ammunition etc, this is pathetic>>>>>

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-05 09:40

    Charges should be treason , not corruption.

  • Henry - 2012-04-05 10:00

    There's a saying that no one's above the law and one's presumed innocent 'til proven guilty. I wonder if this still works if in the society that we live in people we should trust (law enforcers) are the ones who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. How on earth can one even think of selling the state's uniform and the ammunition? Does he extinguish the flame of crime or fuelling it to even burn further? (that's a big question) shame on this police officer.

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