A mere week after the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga, Lt-Gen Mondli Zuma warned members and employees of the SAPS to refrain from illicit activities, six police constables were nabbed for allegedly robbing a supermarket in Standerton.
Another member, 32-year-old Const, Cloud Qolani Lubisi,stationed at Skukuza, has found himself on the wrong side of the law after it was discovered he took two poachers into the Kruger National Park and left them there. The men could not be found. Lubisi appeared at the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court today facing a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime. He is held in custody until tomorrow, 25 April 2018 at the Skukuza Periodical Court for a formal bail application.
The investigation, (both departmental and criminal proceedings), in the case of the six arrested cops, Consts Fika Thabo Makhubu aged 33, Thabiso Phillemon Lepoto aged 35, Jabu George Sekhoto aged 37 and Siphiwe Esssau Ntshangase aged 45, Richard Solomon Seboko aged 36 and Hlalanathi Solomuzi Ngcemo aged 37, is under investigation.
Their arrest came after they allegedly went into the supermarket earlier this year and pretended to be inspectors from the South African Revenue Services having come for an inspection. In the process, they allegedly robbed the owner of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. They were since granted R1 000 bail each and are scheduled to appear again at the Standerton Magistrate’s Court on June 12.
The Provincial Commissioner has vowed that all corrupt elements will be taken out of the system.