Saturday, July 16, 2016

SAPS issues serious warnings against corrupt officers

Mbasa Gqokoma
16 July 2016

The South African Police Service in a statement says although police officers are expected to abide by the SAPS Code of Conduct and act at all times within the parameters of the law, there are still some who are found to be acting on the wrong side of the law.

SAPS management emphatically warns all its employees that should they engage in corrupt or criminal activities, they will experience the dire consequences thereof including being arrested and prosecuted.

This follows the arrests of a prison warder and a police warrant officer by members of the Gang Task Team.

Police were acting on information received including allegations that elements of the community had approached officers to traffic drugs into the prison or holding cells at the court.

Meanwhile, a police warrant officer was arrested at the new law courts in Port Elizabeth and charged for drug trafficking and corruption.

It is alleged that the officer accepted drugs and cash from a person to give to an awaiting trial suspect in the holding cells at the court.

After completing the transaction, the arresting officer found the suspect in possession of the drugs and money.

Police’s Colonel Priscilla Naidu says “The SAPS is committed to rooting out fraud and corruption by its members and the community is urged to report such acts”.

Callers have the right to remain anonymous and may call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline 0800 701 701 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.



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