Mpuma cop fined for not paying for gum

2012-05-16 10:47

Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga reserve constable was sentenced to 60 days in prison with the option of paying a R1000 fine for not paying for a R10 pack of chewing gum, the Sowetan reported on Wednesday.

Joyce Siphiwe Mahlangu was arrested on Monday for stealing the Beechies from a Shoprite store in Kwaggafontein.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said she had walked into the supermarket to buy toiletries, and when she left a security guard checked her slip and what she had a bought.

"The guards found that she had not paid for the packet of Beechies in her possession."

In addition to being found guilty in court, she would also face an inquiry at work. She paid the fine.

  • Martin - 2012-05-16 11:16

    hahahaha typical police, criminals since 1994. they cannot be trusted at all, not with our lives or our gum

      Martin - 2012-05-16 12:10

      them too, i did not know police before then, so out of my experience, and i do not presume to comment on things i dont know of. fine police since the beginning of time, abusing human rights, raping, stealing, killing, sodomy and hooliganism

  • david.smith.127648 - 2012-05-16 11:18

    Murder , rape and corruption in our country and this makes it to the top of the headlines, Thank you News24 for your expert reporting once again.

  • logical007 - 2012-05-16 11:19

    very expensive gum????? now she will be jobless living off uif..... and for what R10 gum??? Essential household item

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-16 11:40

      It's not what was pinched, it's the principle. If only they applied the rules more often

  • Bibi - 2012-05-16 11:26

    60 days are a lot longer than some of our high profile criminals spend in jail.

  • Mphotent - 2012-05-16 11:34

    He is a disgrace, he should be fired for misconduct. When can I come for Psychometric test to take up his role at last notch cause I am good.

      brianmacza - 2012-05-16 11:48

      He is a she... if the dress fits, wear it I guess.

  • John - 2012-05-16 11:56

    Bet that burst her bubble (gum)!

  • tobydt - 2012-05-16 11:57

    Steal R10 gum, go to prison for 2 months. Steal millions from the country, and nothing happens to you.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-16 12:07

    Headline should read she was fined for shoplifting. Does not matter how small, she stole it. It's not that she did not pay for it, she stole the gum?! What exactly is the writer of this article trying to insinuate?

  • christian.helberg - 2012-05-16 12:18

    this is a very lite sentence for someone sworn to obey and enforce the law. It is a slap in the face to all the honest policemen, if there are any

  • Vernon - 2012-05-16 12:33

    she got herself into a 'sticky' situation.

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