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SAPS ECape boss welcomes jailing of ex-police Constable Walter Francis

Oct 13, 2018
SAPS ECape boss welcomes jailing of ex-police Constable Walter Francis

SAPS Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, has welcomed the sentencing on Friday a forme police Constable,  31-year-old Walter Francis, in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

"It is unfortunate that as much as there are men and women within the police who strive for high ethical standards and moral values in the conduct of their daily duties, there are however rotten apples within the system, who engage and/or associate with criminal activities/elements," she added.

In October 2014, Denton Rademeyer (23 at the time) was fatally shot in Kakora Street in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth.

"Investigations later revealed that Const Francis’s official police firearm was used in the fatal shooting.

"Two days after the murder, three suspects were arrested (including the policeman)," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"They were charged for murder and an additional charge of supply of firearm for the commission of a crime was added to Const Francis’s charge.

"In August 2018, the other two suspects were found not guilty for murder, but Const Francis was found guilty on culpable homicide."

On Friday, Const Francis was sentenced to six years imprisonment for the crime.

Constable still to stand trial for killing state witness

"The accused will also stand trial for the murder of Alex-Nico Ferreira, who was murdered on 21 February 2017 in Bantam Street Bethelsdorp.

"Ferreira was a state witness in a 2014 murder. Through months of intensive investigation, sufficient evidence was gathered as proof of the policeman’s involvement in the execution of the state witness and he was arrested and charged as an accomplice to this murder as well," Col Naidu said.

"Const Francis and three others will again appear on 12 November 2018 for the murder of Ferreira.

"The accused implicated in both murders are affiliated to the Spotbouers gang."

Lt Gen Ntshinga has warned officials, who choose to involve themselves in criminal behaviour.

"Police officials associating with criminal elements will be harshly dealt with. Stamping the Authority of the State includes rooting out corruption within our ranks and we will continue to do so until we have members, who serve with integrity and honesty," added Lt Gen Ntshinga.

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