A police sergeant appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court in North West on Friday and was released on R1 000 bail after she was charged with theft and defamation.
Sergeant. Cindy Nidene Roos, 39, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing cigarettes worth R6 000, Brig said. Sabata Mokgwabone, North West police spokesman, said.
Roos apparently pulled out the cigarettes from the Rustenburg police station’s evidence store on the pretext that she would take it to the forensic laboratory, Mokgwabone said.
In a separate incident, two police sergeants in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court were released on warning after they were also charged with theft and legal defamation.
Mokgwabone said Thabang Selebale, 40, and Tshepo Pooe, 35, were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing liquor worth approximately R10 000.
“The officers allegedly teamed up with two civilians, Morgen Mofokeng, 38, and Timothy Nkola, 40, and allegedly stole the drink from three women.
“Mofokeng and Nkola apparently convinced the women to sell their stokvel club drink to them. Celebale and Pooe suddenly appeared in an unmarked police vehicle and threatened to arrest the women for a violation of the seclusion regulations, ”Mokgwabone said.
They allegedly seized the drink, loaded it into a red Mini Cooper that was driving one of the civilians, and drove away.
However, the liquor was never submitted to the police station as evidence.
Mofokeng and Nkola were arrested last Saturday. Nkola was released on warning and Mofokeng on R500 bail. They will appear in court next month with the two police officers.
Lt. Genl. North West provincial police chief Sello Kwena condemned the police’s alleged actions and said it could not be tolerated in the police.
Over the past few weeks, police have seized numerous consignments of liquor and cigarettes and nearly 230,000 people have been arrested for violations of the seclusion regulations. This includes the illegal buying and selling and transport of cigarettes and beverages.