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Sting trips up Cape Town policeman

2012-11-04 19:20

Johannesburg - A police sergeant was arrested for corruption following a sting in the Cape Town central police station, the Western Cape SAPS said on Sunday.

On Friday afternoon, police placed an undercover agent, under the alias "James Andrews", in the cells.

A second undercover agent was sent in with a food parcel for Andrews, and asked the sergeant to deliver the parcel. The parcel contained four small plastic bags of dagga.

The sergeant, 48, was told to ask Andrews for his attorney's contact details. The sergeant took the parcel and returned several minutes later with a lawyer's phone number.

The sergeant then accepted a R100 bribe from the second undercover agent.

A senior duty officer confronted the sergeant and took him to Andrews' cell.

The duty officer then had the food parcel, in Andrews' possession, opened. The sergeant was disarmed and the marked R100 bill was found in his pocket. He was arrested on a charge of corruption and detained at Camps Bay police station.

In addition to the criminal charges, the sergeant would face internal disciplinary proceedings.

Comments
  • george.slade.161 - 2012-11-04 19:28

    He can now stand as an ANC Cadre somewhere --Qualified !

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2012-11-04 19:37

    Risk losing your job for a lousy R100? Police are very stupid. Its time we had a qualification for police. This grade 12 is not working.

  • denise.knight.14289 - 2012-11-04 19:39

    They should try something similar in all Cape Town police stations. Hopefully they did, before it hit the press.

      Alien42063 - 2012-11-04 20:47

      Not really needed. This should make corrupt cops so paranoid that they won't do anything corrupt...at least for a while

      sachasea - 2012-11-05 02:22

      I was going to say the same Denise. I wouldn't be surprised if this type of corruption is endemic in our police force both here in the Western Cape and nationally. The only way to weed it out would be to encourage more of these operations on a regular basis. It is one way to boost the public's confidence in our police force. Without fear or favour! People need to be in the police service to serve and protect not to have carte blanche on bribes and self enrichment.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-11-04 19:40

    mmmmm......seems THEY...had it in for him...and wanted to get him....arrested.....and he fell into the trap

  • fhumulani - 2012-11-04 19:41

    How sad, that u have to trick one of your own just to prove that your working, Let's put his bad behavior aside but this is not the way things should be done at our workplaces

  • christo.human.50 - 2012-11-04 19:55

    Wow big sting operation! Stop playing and do real policework ffs!

      bulumko.lusu - 2012-11-04 20:27

      lol! at "big sting operation"!

      sachasea - 2012-11-05 02:29

      I think that kind of attitude is unwarranted Christo. This is serious police work. I'm glad that this story was publicised, because it does at the very least show that some people take police integrity seriously. The police are civil servants and they need to be accountable just as much as our politicians should be. The question one should bear in mind 'Who watches the watchers?'

  • Alice - 2012-11-04 20:12

    Just imagine losing your job for R100, yoh!

      sachasea - 2012-11-05 02:31

      The amount is irrelevant. Corruption is corruption - end of.

  • Jeoffrey Manganye - 2012-11-04 20:16

    they real needed to arrest the poor guy. shame poor guy. they planned they operation on u.

  • simakoko - 2012-11-04 20:19

    They wanted to fire this policeman and so they made a setup... Mxm lazy police officers

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-11-04 20:33

    shame poor policeman

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-11-04 21:00

    Wow how sad when you have to use an undercover agent for your own police force....hope they feel ashamed.Good job to the oaks that caught him

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-11-04 21:01

    I wish he enlist me as his Attorney because I can make him walk-scot free.There's clear indication of ENTRAPMENT.

      sachasea - 2012-11-05 02:35

      Sihlangu - so you would rather have corrupt police policing our society? I'm sorry but I can't agree with you on this.

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-04 21:02

    Did they have something on this policeman that they otherwise couldn't prove, and so wanted to build a case against him? Or did he just happen to be the sucker who was on duty at the time someone else wanted to prove a point and climb the ladder? What rank was the 'second undercover agent' wearing? If it was higher than sergeant, then his orders would have been carried out without question, and a tip of a R100 might have been taken so as not to 'offend' a superior officer. Would he have accepted the money had it been R10K, I wonder? That amount would have made it clear that it was not merely a "thanks for the favour, mate - go and have a coffee", and his integrity would have been properly tested. Too many gaps in the report, I'm afraid, but let's hope the full story comes out soon.

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-05 05:46

    Oh pls he is but 1 of many

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-05 07:00

    Dont you "bribe" before the event, so it happens. Then this was a tip after the event, not a bribe. Could this be considered entrapment

  • Matthew - 2012-11-05 08:49

    As great as this is...they've still got a long way to go. There's alot higher up and bigger fish to fry with the corruption in SAPS. this guy is bread crumbs in the comparison =/

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-11-05 11:38

    Damn I thought the singer was in town ... just about to break into Roxaaaaaannnne. Oh, what a downer.

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