- Lt-Col Vincent Zaba, a high ranking senior police officer has been charged with defeating the ends of justice and providing ammunition to a person who was not allowed to own any
- He was caught in a sting operation when he allegedly escorted a drug trafficker who was actually a paid informant
- Zaba had also allegedly sold the informant 25 rounds of ammunition for R2 000, the sting took place between November and December last year
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CAPE TOWN - Lt-Col Vincent Zaba was allegedly paid R20 000 to 'escort' an alleged drug trafficker last year in November.
A sting operation had been set up and an undercover informer had posed as a drug trafficker and had allegedly enlisted Zaba's services to provide protection.
Zaba, 54, is a high ranking officer and is the acting commander of the Table Bay Harbour police station.
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He also allegedly was paid R2 000 for 25 rounds of ammunition by the informant according to Times Live.
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Western Cape police spokesperson Col Andrè Traut revealed that Zaba was arrested at work on Friday and that he appeared in court on the same day.
Traut said there was a concerted effort to stamp out corruption in the SAPS. Zaba was released on R15 000 bail. He faces three counts of defeating the ends of justice and providing ammunition to a person who was not allowed to own any.
“Thieves have no conscience": Cele warns against looting of KZN relief funds
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Minister of Police Bheki Cele issued a stern warning to people to not steal money that has been allocated for victims of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. He was speaking during a Justice, Crime, and Prevention Security Cluster conference on Thursday 21 April when he made the comments.
Cele reminded people that if they tried to loot relief funds, they will be arrested. He also discussed the deployment of law enforcement officials to the flood-hit province. During the briefing, the police minister said the situation in KwaZulu-Natal is dire.
He said that families have been torn apart and if someone considered stealing from them, they are “some kind of animal”, Eyewitness News reported.
Cele also defended Government’s relief efforts and said there have been interventions since the first day of the floods. Relief in the form of food vouchers, building aid and burial assistance has been offered to residents.
Source: Briefly News