Friday, September 17, 2010

'Cop rented guns, uniforms to thugs'

17 September 2010, 08:12
A defiant policeman, allegedly involved in leasing guns, bulletproof vests, radios, uniforms, blue lights and sirens to gangs of robbers for thousands of rands, stared down his colleagues as he was arrested on Thursday.

The constable's arrest has exposed what is believed to be the tip of the iceberg of a vast criminal syndicate operating from within the ranks of the SAPS.

Police say that through previous investigations, rogue colleagues have been known to rent out equipment such as guns, bullet-proof vests and uniforms for amounts ranging from R500 to R3 000. The figure depended on the type of crime being committed and the period for which the equipment was needed.

The 23-year-old railway police unit member was arrested at his post at Park Station in Joburg, where he was on duty, on day.

"He was defiant. He knew we were coming. He didn't say anything to us. He just stared at us when we told him that he was under arrest and when we handcuffed him," said a cop probing the robbery.

It brings to five the number of people held in |connection with a Pretoria business robbery on Wednesday. The policeman's alleged accomplices were caught in Mamelodi, where the policeman lives; Bon Accord, at the business which was robbed; Brooklyn; and in Nellmapius yesterday morning and on Wednesday evening.

One policeman said they were investigating where the arrested cop and other criminals, who could possibly include other police officers, sourced the equipment to commit crimes. These included radios, bullet-proof vests, blue lights, sirens and uniforms.

This article was originally published on page 3 of The Star on September 17, 2010

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Comments by Sonny

While Comm. Bheki Cele is hiring houses and buildings, his men are renting out

equipments for crimes!!


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