Mthatha cop to appear in court for theft of state property

A 36-year-old police Warrant Officer will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court tomorrow on charges of theft of state property and negligent loss of a firearm.

It is alleged that on Friday, September 15, the officer from Mthatha reported a case of robbery which supposedly took place in front of a hotel in Prospect Hill Street in Central. He further alleged that he was robbed of his state firearm, cash and cellphone.

Video footage outside the hotel revealed that the police officer was seen meeting two men who got into his vehicle and after a while they exited and left. Further probing revealed that the officer had lied and that the firearm, money and cell phone was given to the men.

The member was arrested and detained at SAPS Humewood.

Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga has expressed her concern that police officers are engaging in corrupt activities.

‘Our Back to Basics approach to policing focuses on every member of the police 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.’

In its effort to eradicate any form of criminality, the SAPS is encouraging anyone with information to call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline 0800 701 701 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strict confidentiality.

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