South Africa suspends three police officers for allege stealing during lockdown
London, May 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Three Metro police officers accused of kidnapping a Goodwood man and stealing his booze stock worth R15 000, have been suspended by the City of Cape Town.
Constables Heinrich Page, Frankie Hendricks and Albert Philander were arrested in front of their colleagues when they arrived for work on 24 April, after the man reported them for kidnapping him and allegedly stealing his whiskey for his son’s fundraiser.
The trio spent the long weekend in jail and appeared in court on 28 April.
They were granted R2000 bail each and the case was postponed to 18 June for further investigations.
City Director for Safety and Security Richard Bosman says: “All three members have been suspended pending the determination of their cases
“Internal disciplinary processes are running concurrent with the criminal investigation.
“In this case, the charges the members face are criminal in nature.
A week after the three constables made their first appearance at the Goodwood Magistrates’ Court, the City revealed the cops have to pay their own legal fees.
“They have to pay their own legal costs in the event that they seek legal assistance.”
This is not the first time allegation of robbery will be reported against South African police. Six police officers were arrested for allegedly stealing almost R40 000 from a car owner during the lockdown in Pretoria.
“It is alleged that the officers stopped a vehicle which had three occupants and requested a travelling permit which the occupants didn’t have. A bribe of R100 was paid to the officers so that the car can pass the roadblock. The officers also proceeded to search the car and in the process and took the money,” Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko. said.
The six cops were later caught in possession of the money following a sting operation.
Preliminary reports indicate that the officers also demanded bribes from other motorists who failed to provide the correct documentation including travelling permits
The accused who were subsequently arraigned before the Bronkhorstpruit Magistrate Court are currently out on a R7000 bail each.
They are scheduled to appear in court on June 26.