Ex-cop Tangled Up in Possession Charge Shares Story of Arrest: “Dealing With the Cartels”

Ex-cop Tangled Up in Possession Charge Shares Story of Arrest: “Dealing With the Cartels”

  • A former South African Police Service member shared how he found himself in the middle of possession charges
  • The ex-cop explained that he saw the unfortunate situation as an opportunity to start a new life
  • A former non-commissioned officer spoke to Briefly News about how the police officers get roped into crime and offered advice
Black man in handcuffs, ex-cop shares story of arrest.
A former police officer-turned-author shares the story of his arrest. Images: Jacob Wackerhausen/Getty Images, Briefly TV Life, YouTube
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An ex-cop shared how he got caught up in illegal activities while still an employee of the government.

Speaking to Briefly TV Life, Dumisani Nyundu states that he served as a policeman for six years as a constable until 2008, when he was arrested. The former South African Police Service (SAPS) member was charged with possessing a Schedule 6 medicine.

He tells the publication:

"It is a legal medicine, but you must be certified once you carry it in a certain quantity. Illegally on the streets, it's used to manufacture h*roin and c*caine."

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Dumisani also shared the following:

"I normally tell people that policemen are normal people like any other human being. Inside that uniform is a human being with normal desires... I was at that stage of not knowing that there might be repercussions."

Ex-cop shares how he tangled himself in drug smuggling

Dumisani explains that his involvement with the supply chain of the drug smuggling was not intentional, sharing that he believes peer pressure got to him:

"I was still young and wanted to prove myself... I was so short-minded. I saw it as an opportunity. I could take my millions, survive somewhere, and start my new life."

Along with two other cops, Dumisani says the group took the medicine under the false pretence that it was to be taken for an examination. However, he believes there was an informant among the crew.

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Of the three suspects, Dumisani was the only one who went to prison. He adds that he was to serve 15 years in prison, but his time behind bars was reduced to four years. Due to good behaviour, the author only served two years and was placed on parole.

Dumisani says:

"In this business, we are dealing with the cartels. Those are the people who don't care about your life... In my middle 40s now, when I look back and think about me during 2008, I sometimes get a faster heartbeat. I say, 'Wow. What was it that I was doing?'"

Listen to Dumisani's story below:

Non-commissioned ex-cop shares his thoughts

Errol Siljeur, a non-commissioned officer who served the public for 27 years, told Briefly News that getting one's hands dirty as a cop is not only an issue with new members. Instead, it is across the board and depends on who you cross paths with during your shift.

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He explains:

"Many feel that they are not doing anything wrong. They are also offered vast amounts of money that make their eyes water."

As a previous member stationed in the flying squad and hostage negotiation team, Errol also shared advice for people entering the police force:

"Keep your distance, and be suspicious of anyone giving gifts. Refuse all gifts from strangers."

SAPS member caught with drugs worth over R200,000

In March, Briefly News reported that a Cape Town cop was arrested after an assortment of drugs was found in his possession.

According to IOL, the arrest took place on 2 March 2024 when the police were tipped off in the early hours of the morning of a taxi that was transporting illegal firearms.

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Source: Briefly News

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Jade Rhode (Editor) Jade Rhode is a Human Interest Reporter who joined the Briefly News team in April 2024. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies (distinction) and Linguistics. Before pursuing her tertiary education, Jade worked as a freelance writer at Vannie Kaap News, telling the tales of the community. After her studies, Jade worked as an editorial intern for BONA Magazine, contributing to both print and online. To get in touch with Jade, please email jade.rhode@briefly.co.za

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