Two cops based at the Phoenix SAPS have been arrested for allegedly stealing gaming chips worth R100 000 from Sibaya Casino. Of those arrested, one is a Durban metro policeman and the other a policewoman.
The two were arrested on charges of theft and possession of the suspected stolen property. Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad confirmed the arrests.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that this arrest would serve as a warning for those who use the police badge a shield.
“Disciplinary investigations will be initiated. Such criminal behavior will not be condoned,” Gwala said.
“The motorist called the police, who responded promptly and made the arrests. We will not tolerate misconduct. We want to eliminate rogue police officers. It is also a strong message to the public not to break the law by offering police officers bribes. Both matters are being investigated internally and disciplinary processes will follow. They also face criminal charges,” Sewpersad said.
Commenting on the arrest of the police personnel, Dr. Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies pointed out that corruption was indeed a problem with SAPS.
“There were huge problems with the police structures, where commanders were not qualified and were incapable of rooting out corruption. Jackie Selebi was jailed and Riah Piyega was fortunate to go into retirement. When Johan Booysen was investigating corrupt officers, the police management opted to remove him instead,” he said.