The scandals inside the Azanian (New SA) police continue. Three Germiston police officers have been accused of stealing clothes worth R2.5 million from a hijacked truck. One of the black officers was arrested on Tuesday afternoon at barracks. The second officer was arrested at barracks at 2am on Wednesday and the third officer at his home in Katlehong at 4am the same day. A police spokesman said a truck carrying a trailer containing clothes worth R2.5 million destined for Ackerman's Stores was hijacked in Heidelberg. The trailer with the clothing container was then found abandoned on George street in Germiston. "The clothes disappeared from the trailer after the Germiston police members attended the scene of the abandoned trailer…."
A police informant told the High Court in Johannesburg how three senior black police officers hoodwinked their colleagues into thinking they were conducting legitimate drug raids when they were in fact smuggling drugs. Informer Norman Kokoeng was testifying in a drug dealing, racketeering and fraud case against Senior Superintendent Dumisani Jwara, 43, Captain Landro Mokgosani and Captain Victor Jwili, 38. The fourth accused in the matter, Captain Sakhepi Caiphus Shange, died in police custody in July this year.
The corruption case of former police head Jackie Selebi continues in the High Court in Johannesburg. Defence lawyer Jaap Cilliers and prosecutor Gerrie Nel got into a dispute over whether certain annexures from an affidavit by State witness Glenn Agliotti had been handed over. An adjournment was called to resolve the issue, during which the exchange between counsel appeared heated with Cilliers gesturing with his hand towards Nel. After the adjournment it was clear the dispute was not resolved, and Joffe said the two parties needed to sort out the issue.
Earlier, the defence asked for an application to put on record various complaints against the prosecution. An application to force the judge to recuse himself failed last week, when Judge Joffe dismissed the arguments that he was biased and not fit to hear the case.
’Empowered’ Pretoria High Court judge Nkola Motata's application for leave to appeal a drunk driving sentence and conviction was dismissed by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. He now has until 31 October to pay the first of two instalments of R10 000 each, or go to jail, according to a legal representative. Motata was sentenced in September after crashing into a wall in Hurlingham, Johannesburg, while being drunk.
The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein is hearing an appeal by The Citizen newspaper in the defamation case brought against it by Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride. The South Gauteng High Court earlier ordered the newspaper to pay McBride R200 000 for defamation. The case relates to mainly editorial comment and opinion in a column published in September and October 2003. The articles queried McBride's suitability for the position of metro police chief, referred to his criminal record that stemmed from his bombing of a bar in which 69 people were injured and three were killed during the ANC/Communist alliance’s terror war against White South Africa. He was also detained for gun dealing in Mozambique, and had reportedly no experience or academic training as a traffic officer.
McBride submitted the allegations were defamatory because he was granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for the bombing, so his convictions had been erased. The Citizen alleges that a person's criminal conduct remains a factor in determining suitability for becoming a police officer, despite having received amnesty. Judgment was reserved.