Probe launched into Vryheid cops implicated in case of alleged theft

Probe launched into Vryheid cops implicated in case of alleged theft

KwaZulu-Natal police have launched an internal investigation against three Vryheid officers implicated in a case of alleged theft.

Steve Bhengu

That's after they were alerted of a video making rounds last week, where officers can be seen stealing money from a business premises. 

The incident is believed to have taken place on 14 April. 

Provincial SAPS spokesperson Jay Naicker says once the officers and the shop were identified, the provincial anti-corruption Unit opened a criminal case.

"The owner of the shop was approached; however, he refused to provide detectives from the anti-corruption unit with a statement to implicate the police officers in the theft."

"Police will still endeavour to solicit the assistance of the owner of the shop to pursue a criminal investigation. Meanwhile, police management has initiated an internal investigation to ensure that the culprits are brought to book in terms of our internal disciplinary regulations."

Meanwhile, KZN's DA member Sharon Hoosen says the three officers concerned should be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

"It came to the attention of the DA that the SAPS officers were still on duty, this is despite a case being opened against them sometime in mid-April. The DA has since written to the KZN provincial commissioner to urgently act with promptness and suspend the members with immediate effect."

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