Bail for two from police who allegedly looted tyres, generators

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Two Eastern Cape police officers have been released on bail of R500 each after they were caught in possession of suspected stolen state property of around R1 million.

Ao. Johannes Gerber and ao. Lawrence Plaatjies, both attached to the police’s livestock theft and endangered species unit on Graaff‑Reinet, appeared in the magistrate’s court in the town on Thursday – the same day they were arrested – on charges of theft and possession of suspected stolen goods. appear.

Ao. Majola Nkohli, police spokesperson, says the two were arrested after a week-long investigation by a team of detectives attached to the provincial anti-corruption unit.

The team raided the private residences of the two police officers around 06:00 on Thursday and seized state property with a value of around R1 million.

According to Nkohli, this property includes brand new car tyres, freezers, a freezer, fridge and diesel generators.

Maj. Gen. Lillian Mene, provincial police chief, also issued a stern warning to those in police ranks: “There is no room for corrupt officers in the police. We follow a no mercy approach to ensure we get those who conflict with the law to justice.”

The case against Gerber and Plaatjies was postponed until next month.