Cop arrested for corruption

LIZAHN WENTZEL

A 39-year-old court orderly stationed at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court was arrested on charges of corruption on Wednesday May 25.

The Western Cape Anti-Corruption Investigating Unit acted on a tip-off that the sergeant was transporting drugs to the court cells and he was placed under observation.

“He was seen leaving a bag next to the court building and left immediately without reporting for duty.

“The bag was searched and 50 mandrax tablets, three packets of tik, dagga, two cellphones and three batteries were discovered inside,” said Western Cape police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut.

He has been charged with corruption and was due to appear in court on the same day.

“We are eager to root out corruption among our ranks and will make every endeavour to bring perpetrators to book,” said Lieutenant Colonel Traut.

* Bellville police’s crime prevention unit arrested three suspects on Thursday May 26 in Upper Oakdale at around 1am. Bellville police spokeswoman Major Fienie Nimb says the unit approached a suspicious vehicle and it was later found that the vehicle was stolen.

“The three persons in the vehicle were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. Theft out of motor vehicles remains a big problem for us and we are requesting the public to remove all visible items from their vehicle,” said Major Nimb.

* A house break-in took place in Durbanville on Friday May 20. The suspects managed to break into the premises through a security gate and broke the front door open.

Durbanville police spokesman Lieutenant Marchelle Rhode says a flat screen television and jewellery were stolen. “No arrests have been made.”