Details emerge of clash between Mpumalanga cops

2015-03-12 12:05
(File, SAPS)

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Mbombela - Further details on a confrontation between the Mpumalanga police commissioner and an off duty police officer have come to light, Netwerk24 newspaper reported on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the police constable faced several departmental charges, including violations of police standing orders and drinking while driving a state vehicle.

Others included that he allegedly took the police van out of his policing area without permission, assaulted a police officer, and had a civilian with him in the van.

Netwerk24 reported that Lieutenant Gen Mark Magadlela came upon him outside a tavern, wearing plain clothes and allegedly with a beer in hand.

Magadlela apparently introduced himself as the commissioner but the police officer refused to talk to him.

Magadlela took the van's keys and they were dangling off one of his fingers when the police officer allegedly lunged at him.

Magadlela injured his finger during the confrontation.

He followed the police officer, who drove to the Mhluzi police station, and a departmental investigation was launched.

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