SAPS says it is determined to rooting out corrupt officers


Worcester - The South African Police Services’ (SAPS) said on Friday it was determined to root out corrupt members from its force after the arrest of a detective for defeating the ends of justice.

“In their endeavors to root out the gang scourge in the Western Cape, members attached to Operation Combat arrested a 32-year-old female Detective Constable attached to the Worcester Police Station on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice this morning,” the SAPS said in a statement. 

It is believed that the Constable who was assigned to investigate a charge of attempted murder against a member of the JCY gang attempted to persuade the complainant to withdraw the charges against the suspect. The attempted murder was perpetrated on 13 September last year in Worcester.

“During her interaction with the complainant, a monetary reward was also offered to him and she also colluded with the mother of the suspect who at times accompanied her to the complainant.

“The 56-year-old mother intimidated witnesses not to testify in the case against her son and she too was arrested this morning at her Esselen Park home in Worcester on a charge of intimidation,” the statement said.

It said both suspects are detained until their court appearance in Worcester on Monday, 15 September.

“We are eager to address corruption in SAPS, and will not stop arresting our colleagues until we are completely satisfied that the communities of the Western Cape are served and protected by loyal and dedicated crime fighters,” the SAPS said.