2 Western Cape SAPS Members Busted for Lending Taxi Boss a Police Vehicle

2 Western Cape SAPS Members Busted for Lending Taxi Boss a Police Vehicle

  • Two members of the South African Police Service recently appeared in court for lending a civilian their police vehicle
  • The officers are stationed at Nyanga Police Station in the Western Cape and allegedly let a taxi boss use their state vehicle
  • South Africans are not at all surprised that the officers did this and have doubts in their integrity

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

Two cops were arrested in the Western Cape for letting a taxi boss drive their car
South Africans were disappointed after two cops lent a taxi owner their state car. Images: Twenty47studio and Ivan Pantic
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Two police officers face disciplinary action after allegedly lending a police vehicle to a taxi boss. The two were arrested and appeared in court for their crimes after police launched an investigation into their illegal activities.

Cops let a civilian use their car

According to TimesLIVE, the police officers in the Western Cape are based at the Nyanga Police Station. They allegedly permitted a taxi boss to use a state vehicle without authorisation. It’s not clear why the police officers did so.

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The incident was reportedly caught on camera and went viral early this year. They appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrates Court on 20 December 2023 and were charged in terms of the Police Act.

Citizens unsurprised

South Africans on Facebook are unsurprised and shared similar incidents they witnessed where cops used SAPS vans for personal reasons.

Benny Dingiswayo said:

“I once saw a well-known criminal at night driving a police car, so it’s not a new thing.”

Gordon Karim shared:

“That’s nothing. SAPS vehicles are utilised for private use. I saw one loading furniture and school kids.”

Ras Magosi St. Magakwe pointed out:

“Nothing will happen to them. That hot water will turn cold soon.”

Diens Tswai said:

“Some people don’t take their lives seriously, shem.”

Sunset Moya remarked:

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“Too many friendships. That’s why cops were swapped to other provinces before.”

Doreen Jonkers asked:

“What next, borrow their gun?”

Neo Mohaole wrote:

“Never trust cops. Stolen dockets, releasing criminals from custody, cash-in-transit heists, hijacking– what else? A useless country with a weak law. Everyone is free to do what they want.”

Jikaman Mokgokong pointed out:

“Some people never mature and they never learn.”

SAPS arrest cop involved in kidnapping syndicate

In a related article, Briefly News reported that the police arrested a police member and eight other suspects in a kidnapping syndicate.

The officer was among those who were arrested for kidnapping a Portuguese businessman in Bramley, Johannesburg. It’s believed that the officer was part of a syndicate that kidnapped Portuguese businessmen and held them for ransom.

South Africans were heartbroken that a police officer would kidnap a person they were meant to protect.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za

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