Two police officers in court over unauthorised police vehicle use
Western Cape: In a bid to address misconduct within the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape, two police constables made an appearance in the Simons Town Magistrate's Court today. This followed their arrest on Tuesday evening as part of an investigation into illicit activities associated with a local taxi boss.
The two constables, aged 31 and 25, stationed at the Nyanga police station, allegedly permitted a member of the public to unauthorised use a state vehicle. Earlier this year, footage of this irregular incident surfaced on various social media platforms, with claims that it occurred in the Ocean View area.
Subsequently, an investigation was launched, leading to their arrest last night. Both individuals are facing charges in accordance with sections 56 and 59 of the Police Act.
Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile, has pledged to rid the police service in the province of officials who violate the law and departmental regulations. Furthermore, an internal disciplinary inquiry is currently underway concerning the conduct of these two police officers.
Edited: Anchen Coetzee
Submitted by: Brig Novela Potelwa