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Mthatha cop granted R2000 bail by PE Magistrate's Court

Sep 18, 2017
Mthatha cop granted R2000 bail by PE Magistrate's Court

A 36-year-old Mthatha police man, who allegedly gave away his service firearm and later claimed that he had been robbed of it, appeared briefly before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court and was granted R2 000 bail on Monday.

The case against Warrant Officer Mninawa Nqunqa was postponed to the 2nd of November.

"It is alleged that on Friday, the officer from Madeira detectives in Mthatha reported a case of robbery, which supposedly took place in front of a hotel in Prospect Hill Street in Central, Port Elizabeth," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"He further alleged that he was robbed of his state firearm, cash and cell phone.

"Video footage outside the hotel revealed that the police officer was seen meeting two men, who got into his vehicle and after a while they exited and left.

"Further probing revealed that the officer had lied and that the firearm, money and cell phone was given to the men."

Colonel Naidu said that Nqunqa alleged that he had met with the men earlier in the day as he wanted them to pray for his misfortunes.

"The member was arrested and detained at SAPS Humewood."

The Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga has expressed her concern that police officers are engaging in corrupt activities.

"Our Back to Basics approach to policing focusses on every member of the SAPS conducting themselves with integrity and professionalism. It is in the interest of society that we expose and root out corrupt elements within the Province through zero tolerance to corruption," she said.

In its effort to eradicate any form of criminality, the SAPS is encouraging anyone with information to call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline 0800 701 701 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

"All callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strict confidentiality," said Colonel Naidu.