- A police station in the Northern Cape has been robbed of at least 15 lethal firearms over the weekend
- The incident took place at Tsineng police station on Saturday evening while a female cop was alone on duty
- Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union spokesperson Richard Mamabolo has condemned the attack and is calling for better infrastructure in rural police stations
Three Northern Cape men have police hot on their heels after robbing a police station at the weekend.
The incident took place at Tsineng police station on Saturday.
According to reports, a female officer was alone on duty when the suspects entered at around 9.40pm and threatened her with their firearms.
They then proceeded to jump over the reception counter and escaped with R5 rifles, shotguns and ammunition. National police spokesperson Col Brenda Muridili confirmed that 15 firearms were stolen, The Sunday Times reports.
Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) spokesperson Richard Mamabolo also confirmed the reports. The suspects ordered that the female cop hand over all 15 weapons and the keys to the safe, said Mamabolo.
“The female officer was then tied with cables and her cellphone stolen.”
Malambo went on to condemn the attacks, calling for more surveillance equipment to be made available to the often under-resourced rural communities, SABC News reports.
“Different police stations report on a regular basis that these are the challenges we’re facing and yet those reports do not amount to any form of action from the regional offices. So it’s got a lot to do with the fact that there are uneven allocation of resources within the SAPS.”
Former SAPS officer sentenced to 50 years for stealing a docket
In more cop related news, Briefly News previously reported that a former South African Police Service Officer Frederick George de Bruin was found guilty by the Odendaalsrus Regional Court on counts of corruption, theft as well as defeating the ends of justice.
The 50-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the corruption charges, 15 years for theft of a state laptop, 15 years for theft of a police docket and defeating the ends of justice. He was sentenced to five years, according to TimesLIVE.
De Bruin, who was a warrant officer, is said to have asked a suspect arrested for reckless and negligent driving R5 000 to steal the police docket pertaining to his case.
Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, the police spokesperson, stated the suspect approached the police department on 20 January and informed the department of De Bruin's offer.
"The whistle blower reported the incident to the authority and the incident was reported to the provincial anti-corruption unit," said Makhele.
An sting was set up in which the suspect proceeded to give de Bruin the money he had requested, andhis led police to further investigate de Bruin.
After giving over the police docket to the suspect, De Bruin was arrested at his house. His house was also searched and a receipt from a pawn shop that he had sold a state laptop was found. The R5 000 was also found in his possession.
Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane, the provincial commissioner, said De Bruin's sentencing sent a clear message that corruption does not pay and that police administration will not allow dishonesty within its ranks, according to a report by IOL.
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Source: Briefly News