Disgraced Port Elizabeth cop gets eight years for corruption

JUNE 9, 2015

A former policeman from Port Elizabeth was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years imprisonment in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court. Former Lieutenant, Gibson Sam, who was stationed at Algoa Park, was convicted on four counts of corruption by the court.

According to the State, Sam attended to complaints lodged by members of the public and induced complainants to pay sums of money in exchange for his assistance.

In February 2010, Sam drafted a proposal to the family of a man arrested for murder, offering to tamper with the contents of the case docket in exchange for R5 000.

He previoulsy made several proposals in 2009 to "quash" dockets in exchange for money, airtime vouchers and whiskey.

After his crimes came to light, Sam, who pleaded not guilty on all counts, resigned from the SAPS in October 2013.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has previously emphasised that the police force was determined to root out bad cops.

According to police records, hundreds of police officers were dismissed for misconduct over an 18-month period ending at the end of October 2014.