Police officer arrested for theft of firearm

2017-09-17 12:37


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Port Elizabeth – A police officer from Mthatha has been arrested for the theft of his state issued firearm, after CCTV footage showed him meeting with two men in his vehicle.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the 36-year-old warrant officer had reported that he had been robbed of his firearm, wallet and cell phone in front of a hotel in Prospect Hill Street in Central, Port Elizabeth on Friday.

However, when detectives investigated the matter, CCTV footage from the hotel revealed a completely different story.

Naidu said the footage showed the police officer meeting two men, who then got into his vehicle and after a while exited and left.

“Further probing revealed that the officer had lied and that the firearm, money and cell phone was given to the men,” she said.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga expressed her concern that police officers were engaging in corrupt activities.

“Our Back to Basics approach to policing focusses on every member of the SAPS conducting themselves with integrity and professionalism. It is in the interest of society that we expose and root out corrupt elements within the province through zero tolerance to corruption.”

The officer is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of theft of state property and negligent loss of a firearm.

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