Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Discarded police material and paper found on open field in Steenberg

Western Cape police says the dumping of discarded police documents and other materials at a site near the Steenberg police station have revealed that none of the discarded waste is from police dockets.

SUPPLIED: Subcouncil chairperson, Angus McKenzie 



‘’The investigation led by a senior detective from the provincial office continues, with a sworn statement yet to be obtained from the councillor who made the discovery,’’ said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

The discovery was made by ward councilor, Marita Pietersen. Pietersen, who alerted SAPS about the incident was allegedly, according to Subcouncil chairperson, Angus McKenzie, ‘’told to get screwed by the Station Commander.’’

SUPPLIED: Subcouncil chairperson, Angus McKenzie 


Bush Radio reached out for comment to Pietersen about the incident, who said it was ‘’partially affirmative.’’ According to SAPS, a sworn statement is yet to be obtained from Pietersen.

Pietersen made the discovery last week, but SAPS says a plastic bag containing the discarded paper and other materials was seized on Monday afternoon (25 April 2022) by the investigator in line with investigation protocols. The lot comprised unused gloves from state-issued investigation kits, hazardous waste material disposal bags, torn and crumbled paper as well as old documents.

SUPPLIED: Subcouncil chairperson, Angus McKenzie 



‘’Part of what the investigation will look into, will be whether any SAPS directives on the disposal of waste material have been flouted. Further statements will be obtained from the Steenberg SAPS management and personnel,’’ said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

SUPPLIED: Subcouncil chairperson, Angus McKenzie 


The Western Cape’s police commissioner, Lt. General Thembisile Patekile, says that if anyone is found to have flouted any SAPS protocols on the disposal of waste material, they will face the full might of the law

‘’Once the investigation is finalised, Lt General Patekile assures the community of Steenberg that the outcome will be made public,’’ added Potelwa.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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