- The Police Portfolio Committee have expressed worry over allegations of corruption made against high ranking Western Cape police officers during an extortion case currently before a Cape Town magistrate
- National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has consequently been called upon to deal decisively with corruption within the SAPS
- The committee has also raised complaints over the arrests of border police officers as well as other officers for crimes including murder
Two high ranking Western Cape police officers have been named during the bail hearing this week of controversial businessman Nafiz Modack along with Colin Booysen, Ashley Fields and two others accused of running a protection racket within the Mother City nightlife.
Briefly.co.za learned this week that following the names being mentioned in court, the Police Portfolio Committee said they wanted the National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, to crack down on corruption within the SA Police Service (SAPS) and those who involved in criminal activities.
The committee said along with it’s concern surrounding the serious allegations have been made against officers during the as well as getting to the bottom of what was behind the arrests of police officers at Beit Bridge and arrests of other officers for crimes including murder.
Field's defence has argued the accused are being framed by controversial businessman Mark Lifman, alleged gang kingpin Jerome ‘Donkie’ Booysen and Andre Naude and police officer have also fingered as having ties with the alleged underworld figures.
The defence also wants to know why investigating officer Charl Kinnear visited Lifman’s house on two occasions.
In addition, two officers, provincial deputy commissioner of detectives, Major-General Patrick Mbotho and Major-General Mzwandile Tiyo, who heads up the Western Cape department of crime intelligence, were named in the court.
The committee has called on Sitole to move faster to deal with members who are allegedly involved in criminal acts. It criticised the SAPS management for not dealing adequately and pro-actively with discipline of members their ranks.
What emerged during the court proceedings was that Modack allegedly said during an interview with the head of the Cape Town police cluster, he had dealings with high ranking police officers and Mbotho and Tiyo could see to any issues that might arise. Modack and his co-accused are facing charges of using violence to take over the nightclub and restaurant security contracts from another faction in Cape Town using intimidation tactics.
The bail hearings of the four accused have been postponed until Thursday, 1 February.
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