Cops arrested for robbery, kidnapping

2015-02-03 17:24

Johannesburg - Two police officers were arrested in Pongola, northern KwaZulu-Natal, for alleged business robbery and kidnapping, the MEC for transport, community safety and liaison said on Tuesday.

In a statement Willies Mchunu said he was concerned at the arrest of two police officers aged 35 and 44, allegedly for business robbery and kidnapping.

"It is, indeed, of grave concern if there are suggestions that police officers, the very people who are charged with maintaining law and order, are now involved in undermining the law," he said in a statement.

"We welcome the arrests of the two officers. We have said time and again that the majority of people who are serving in the police service are men and women of high integrity. Equally, we have accepted that there are those few within the force who are rotten apples."

It is alleged that two months back security guards were confronted by a group of men who forced them into a taxi and drove off with them.

They tied them up with cable ties and left them in a sugar-cane field before returning to the shop they were guarding, the department said.

It is alleged the men tried to break the safe in the shop but failed. They allegedly stole five radios and cigarettes before fleeing.

A case of business robbery was reported and opened at the Pongola Police Station, said the department.

On 14 December, two men aged 44 and 45 were arrested for the business robbery and kidnapping. They appeared in the Pongola Magistrate's Court on 15 December.

The case was postponed to 19 February.

The department said that warrants of arrest were then obtained when police discovered that two police officers were allegedly part of the group that robbed the store.

The officers are expected to appear in court again soon.

More arrests are expected.

Mchunu said the law should take its course without fear or favour.

"However, we wish to caution members of the public not to assume that all police officers are corrupt," he said.

"Our message is clear. Let us work with those police officers who are law-abiding and serving with integrity. Equally, let us expose and isolate those who are not trustworthy and corrupt."

  • Fazil Kathree - 2015-02-03 17:33

    No surprises LOL

      NoneOfYourBusiness - 2015-02-04 16:42

      Now a daily story on news24.

  • Fazil Kathree - 2015-02-03 17:34

    Not surprised

  • Henry Collins - 2015-02-03 17:48

    Whats new?

  • Derek Hobson - 2015-02-03 17:49

    I am starting to think it's not a minority but the majority of them......... Never been so despondent about this country.

      Liam O'Kelly - 2015-03-20 12:59

      Derek I think you'd be right i n this assumption. One doesn't need to major in Social Sciences to understand that it could never be as prevalent as it is were it a case of a few bad apples. If it were indeed so the majority of good ones would not tolerate this within their ranks. Of course the MEC is a politician and a politician's stock in trade is to deny, deflect and be obtuse. Just looking at the command structure or even the overall deployment policies of the ANC it is clear that policy and hoarding power is the focal point rathar that good governance and serving the constituents.

  • Angela Donald - 2015-02-03 18:03

    Great start, now only approx. 87,347 corrupt cops left to go.

  • Bonginkos Reuben Mabunda - 2015-02-03 18:04

    not that I'm saying they are right, but you have to understand that within SAPS people have experince some with qualifications bt the employer always prefere a person with none of the above, only a computer cerificate from an unknown college then u are an officer, its the worst organisation towards employees

      Peter Ryan - 2015-02-03 18:25

      @Bonginkos, Your complaining about that? At least your black and don't have to deal with Affirmative Action. That applies to ALL Organisations not just the SAPS. You should count yourself lucky.

  • Ralph Thornley - 2015-02-03 18:10

    During the apartheid era people shouted "SAVE US FROM THE POLICE!" Twenty years later we are saying the same thing. We are down the tubes.

  • Katrina Boudtjes - 2015-02-03 18:16

    What is needed is a return to old draconian style HONEST policing where citizens can feel safe. I not only have to look over my left shoulder to see if there are thugs lurking, I now have to look over the right shoulder to see if there are any cops....oops, I nearly said black cops.

      Katrina Boudtjes - 2015-02-03 18:21

      Further to my comment. If Ubuntu is central to African culture and the cops are BY FAR largely black. Is it fair to assume Ubuntu is ONLY as strong as its weakest link....

      Liam O'Kelly - 2015-03-20 13:04

      So Katrina, would you trust the "cops" we have now with extra powers to implement a draconian state? Be careful what you wish for. Its one thing having police that are committed to enforcing law and order with an entrenched system of honour. Its completely another when the police force at an institutional and individual level see themselves either as agents of the ruling party, as freelancers or as the case may be part time cops and part time robbers.

  • Enos Jumbo - 2015-02-03 18:17

    How will we know which police is the one to work with? are you gonna put a mark on their forehead? come on minister,

      Som Som - 2015-02-03 18:52

      U can say that again,I thing they bad one's should be marked.hahahaha

      Frans van der Westhuizen - 2015-07-15 12:00

      He is just as dump as the fake cops

  • Hadenuff - 2015-02-03 18:21

    Ho...hum ;o} give us some interesting news please.

  • Jimbob - 2015-02-03 18:25

    The fact that these d00ses even have the gall to lie and act surprised is amazing.

  • Julia Griffiths - 2015-02-03 18:40

    I wonder if the mec is actually correct in his assessment that the majority are law abiding cops. SAPS really need to review their staff and do a complete reassessment of staff. Not only that but new recruits

  • Linda Horsfield - 2015-02-03 18:41

    Clearly joining the SAPS beats trying to be a private criminal - after all you are issued with a free gun and vehicle so you are immediately equipped to start a life of crime

  • Forbes Doods - 2015-02-03 18:56

    great job , they must also send undercovers to parkstaion cops are stealing from travellers there esp zims

  • Forbes Doods - 2015-02-03 18:56

    great job , they must also send undercovers to parkstaion cops are stealing from travellers there esp zims

  • John Smith - 2015-02-03 19:35

    Our trusted custodians of law and order. Protecting and serving the people who pay them? Hah!! Typical example of the thick thug force in action. We do not have to fear these persons, we trust them with our safety and security! Sarcasm definitely intended.

  • Shirley Deysel - 2015-02-03 19:37

    Well!!! The police force want to employ criminals.... I bet they don't do any background checks when they take these people into the service.

      Littlegiant Nkhalamba - 2015-07-15 12:05

      Shirley, if you only employ friends and family what do you expect room for "background checks".

  • John Smith - 2015-02-03 19:38

    I trust criminals! At least I can predict their behaviour. I see a cop I know I must head in the opposite direction at high speed!

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2015-02-03 19:54

    Thats why armed neighbourhood watches are the way forward. cant call these guys

  • Som Som - 2015-02-03 20:04

    Cop is ur friend.

      John Smith - 2015-02-03 20:27

      Ur friend maybe. Definitely not mine! Even the good ones!

  • John Smith - 2015-02-03 20:25

    If I never saw another cop in my life, I would be extremely happy. Arm the population, I'm sure we can effectively police ourselves! Most people are good people, the criminals are tne minority group. They surely would very quickly be extinguished so that we could live in peace and harmony.

  • Raymond Ness - 2015-02-03 20:53

    Cant even trust our own cops anymore They suppose to protect us...

  • Jack Thomas - 2015-02-04 06:47

    Corruption is only wrong when caught i guess, send them to jail!

  • arthur.salvado - 2015-02-04 07:39

    Yet another example of our trustworthy illustrious police force. Bandits the whole lot of them. Untrustworthy

  • Kgomotso Philladelphia - 2015-02-04 12:40

    Everyone is corrupt even the cops the person that we have to trust

  • Wayne Fourie - 2015-02-05 06:49

    i can say that not all police officer are the same

  • Liam O'Kelly - 2015-03-20 12:51

    Not all are corrupt. I suppose its a case of the 99% give the 1% a bad name.

  • Littlegiant Nkhalamba - 2015-07-15 12:00

    "Our message is clear. Let us work with those police officers who are law-abiding and serving with integrity. Equally, let us expose and isolate those who are not trustworthy and corrupt." MEC, please provide the populace with a guide on how to identify the good cops from the bad ones...I can't see any community policing working at all in this country. Something must change and change fast before the situation gets to a breaking point because it is already worse as it is.

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