The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma cautions members and employees of SAPS to refrain from participating in unlawful activities. The warning comes in light of five police officers arrested in separate incidents on allegations of attempted murder, assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm (assault GBH) as well as corruption.
In the first incident, it is alleged that on Friday, Sergeants Evans Mohlala, 45, Charles Sono, 42, Donald Sono, 41 as well as Constable Thabo Madire, 32 stopped a vehicle with three occupants for a search at Middelburg CBD. During the search, they allegedly found a bag containing coal and they apparently instructed the driver to drive to Mhluzi Police Station. Upon arrival at the police station, the officers are alleged to have assaulted the driver, took cash from him and released him thereafter.
All four officers were then arrested on Monday morning, 29 July 2019 and appeared at the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, 30 July 2019. They were all granted R3000 bail each with the case postponed to 29 August 2019.
Meanwhile, Constable Given Mkhwanazi, 23, stationed at Blinkpan SAPS was also arrested on Monday, 29 July 2019, for attempted murder.
It is alleged that in the early hours of Sunday 28 July 2019, Mkhwanazi became embroiled in a fight with a group of people at Mhluzi, Extension 4, which resulted in one of them being shot and injured, hence his arrest.
Mkhwanazi appeared yesterday, at Middelburg Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application tomorrow, 1 August 2019.
The Provincial Commissioner has vowed that bad elements within the service will be rooted out.
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