Cop held for selling key evidence

2012-04-17 22:26

Johannesburg - A policeman was arrested in Nelspruit for selling a firearm that was crucial evidence in an armed robbery case, Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday.

Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the 50-year-old captain, stationed at Acornhoek, was arrested on Monday.

The firearm he sold was being kept as evidence in the police's store room.

"Police had confiscated the firearm, which was used in an armed robbery in Bushbuckridge last year."

Hlathi said police were tipped off about the deal and able to arrest the policeman.

"He was still in possession of the firearm, ammunition and money."

The policeman was charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice. He was expected to appear in the Acornhoek Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-17 22:45

    When reading a story like this, I lose all hope - how can things get better when something like this happens? How can the police protect us when they become the criminals' enablers? This is stuffing insane.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-17 23:34

      Hulle maak wolf 'n skaapwagter..maar ek ken 'n paar polisie wat absoluut eerlik is. Die slegtes sal stadig uitgedun word.

      Kala - 2012-04-18 10:21

      And surely he should be charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.

  • Bheki - 2012-04-18 03:39

    50year-old captain!@ your age you still don't know that crime doesn't pay?Don't give him a bell's,hit him with the bottle of bells.After that give him 50year in jail. I am sure after 50year of serving a jail term all his Friends especial the one he was selling the Guns 2 will be Death. Jokes aside this is pretty embrarrassing and disrespectful to the SAPS.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-18 06:16

      I was also especially amazed he was a captain. No wonder crime in this part of the world is so chronic. Everybody believes the police are involved in most crimes in the area, their "patrol" vehicles are just used to check out area's for criminals. Is it a Shangaan thing - being an ex Natal lad I always wondered why the Zulu's had so little respect for Shangaans - after 10 years of living here I now know why.

      tom.vorster - 2012-04-18 07:08

      @ Chum - Mdluli was a Colonel when he was arrested for murder (charges now dropped); he was a General when he was charged with fraud (charges now dropped as Zuma lines him up for the position of the next Police Commissioner); Selebi was National Police Commissioner (and head of Interpol) when he was arrested; Cele was National Police Commissioner when he was suspended for his shenanigans; in our own town "Big Joe" the alleged rhino poaching kingpin and multi millionaire was a Warrant Officer who was allowed to resign from the police before any criminal action could be taken against him. So nothing is new in the police - given the example set by the bosses, a mere Captain should also have that sense of entitlement.

      Bheki - 2012-04-18 07:53

      @chumscrubber1 good point broe but the last part when you say\Zulu's had little respect for shangaans\ I suggest you withdraw that statement Boss. Because you are not sure if Mdluli is a Shangaan,Swazi or Zulu. Again even if he is a Shangaan it doesn't have anything to do with his Shenanigans.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-18 08:59

      Sorry Bheki, I agree I'm not sure what Mdluli is - but that the Zulu's don't respect Shangana's - well thats just a fact, won't change if I withdraw the comment. And its a fact that this area (dominated by Shangaans) is as corrupt as is humanly possible.

      Deon - 2012-04-18 10:30

      If Mduli's wife and son can become Colonels overnight, without any police training one can only wonders where this captain work before, if he had a job, six months ago.

      Bheki - 2012-04-18 13:34

      @ chum Scrubber well if you say it's a Fact\Zulu's don't respect Shangana's and the areas that are dominated by Shangaan is as corrupt as is human possible\. I will say that is your apartheid interpretation, because the Most educated people in SA are Shangaan and again why don't we look @ the crime its self and forget that he's shangaan,black or White. Because the words corruption is a English word,so white people will never come up with it if they were not corrupt.So in Future Be tactful

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-19 11:24

      Bheki, don't worry, I have no illusions about my race, I know there are plenty of corrupt white people. It is just the scale of corruption in the area I live, it's difficult to comprehend it can be so bad - it really seems 90% of the people (shangaans) are corrupt. The Zulu Shangana thing has nothing to do with "apartheid interpretation", it IS how the Zulu's that I knew in KZN felt about the Shangaans. I did not ask them to feel that way.

  • Raj - 2012-04-18 07:06

    The once reputable South African Police Force has been tarnished by selfish morons. I say set an example give him such a heavy jail sentence that it sends a message to other corrupt officials within the force before its too late. Citizens losing faith in the police force is going to result in people taking the law into their own hands when dealing with apprehended criminals. There are other charges that could be brought against this captain, eg. In possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, theft, but they only charged him for corruption and defeating the ends of justice. How can police officers commit crime when they were employed solely to uphold the law and protect the citizens of this country. After all their salaries are paid by taxpayers of this country. They should be leading by example.

  • Tinyiko Charmaine Maluleka - 2012-04-18 07:57

    chum...this man committed a crime, what does this have to do about him being shangaan or of any other ethnic group from that matter. if its not politics its race now ethnic groups. Come on, crime is crime regardless who committed it.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-18 09:01

      Well I hope you're right, maybe it's just coincidence that this Shangana dominated area is rotten beyond belief. Just putting two and two together?

  • Cpo - 2012-04-18 08:03

    Aag man>what has changed, we read about these things almost everyday,and for SAPS its a normal day@work>so I don't think we need to sound suprised about these incidences coz they take place all over the country,imagine how many police stations>do you think there are control measures there?? well think again>>>>I give up>>

  • glenn.seiler - 2012-04-18 09:51


  • Gieljam - 2012-04-18 09:55

    What cop? CRIMINAL CRAP COP would be more appropriate and the to say captain ? Dustbin would be more suited he must have got this position by others who most probably got their commissions the same way as he did and that was not on merit.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-04-18 11:53

    Maybe they need to look at who they allow to become a police officer... Whats the entry criteria? Applying and saying you have experience in the field (where your experience was that you spent time in jail) should not count...

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-18 12:48

    Another policeman, how many more to follow?.

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