Details of the Investigation
The arrested policemen, aged 25 and 31, are stationed at Nyanga police station. The arrests were made as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged illicit activities involving the taxi boss. Brigadier Novela Potelwa, the spokesperson for Western Cape police, revealed that the incident came to light through a video posted on social media earlier in the year. The occurrence is said to have taken place in the Ocean View area.
Charges and Legal Action
The two officers are facing charges under sections 56 and 59 of the Police Act. Section 59 explicitly prohibits members from lending any means of transport or equipment without proper authorization. The accused officers allegedly lent the police vehicle to the taxi boss without the required permission.
Internal Disciplinary Investigation
Besides the criminal charges, an internal disciplinary investigation is underway to assess the conduct of the two police officials. According to Brigadier Novela Potelwa, this additional investigation aims to ensure accountability within the police force.
Explaining the Time Frame
Responding to questions about the delay in taking action, Potelwa clarified, “SAPS investigators conduct thorough investigations, not solely relying on the video evidence. The process involves gathering statements and other evidential material. Suggestions of undue delay are unfounded, and this case wouldn’t have progressed without a comprehensive investigation.”
Commitment to Clean Governance
Western Cape police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile, has affirmed a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the police service. Patekile has vowed to rid the province of police officials who violate the law and departmental regulations.