Two anti-gang unit officers arrested for alleged theft during raid

04 December 2018 - 15:50 By Dave Chambers
A 35-year-old anti-gang unit officer is arrested for theft on Tuesday December 4, 2018.
A 35-year-old anti-gang unit officer is arrested for theft on Tuesday December 4, 2018.
Image: SAPS

Only four weeks after its official launch by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the police's anti-gang unit in Cape Town has arrested two of its own members.

Two officers were arrested on Tuesday following an investigation of a theft complaint after the unit executed a raid in Mitchells Plain, said police spokesman FC van Wyk.

“The two constables, a 35-year-old male and a 38-year-old female, attached to Western Cape anti-gang unit visible policing section, are accused of stealing money from a residence in Peugeot Street, Beacon Valley, where they conducted a search on November 29,” said Van Wyk.

A 38-year-old anti-gang unit officer is arrested for theft on Tuesday December 4, 2018.
A 38-year-old anti-gang unit officer is arrested for theft on Tuesday December 4, 2018.
Image: SAPS

“The complainant discovered that cash was taken from a safe in his house after they had left, and reported the matter to police.

"It is also alleged that the two constables approached the complainant again on December 2 and requested him to withdraw the case against them in return for the stolen money.

“The two suspects are detained until their court appearance in Mitchells Plain on Thursday on a charge of theft.”

Western Cape police commissioner Khombinkosi Jula said he was determined corruption would not taint the anti-gang unit.

“No SAPS member is above the law, and we will not allow any of our members to perpetrate a crime and get away with it. We are confident this morning’s arrests will send a stern warning,” he said.


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