Tebogo Msimanga |
The SAPS management in Mpumalanga strongly condemns the behaviour displayed by a Police Captain who was reportedly caught trafficking dagga yesterday afternoon, Friday 31 March 2023. It is alleged that security guards were busy patrolling the premises at a certain plantation in Sabie when they noticed a police van in the bushes.
Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said security guards went to check as to what was happening. “To their surprise, the guards reportedly two males, one being a SAPS Captain, though not wearing uniform at the time whilst the other one was wearing SAPS Boiler suit. The Captain was the driver of the said vehicle. It is further alleged that the two were allegedly in possession of some bags which were wrapped with sellotape”.
Mohlala said the bags were then checked and that was when it was discovered that the contents inside was dagga weighing 22,48 kilograms. “The estimated street value of the confiscated dagga is at about R 33 720-00. The Police Captain is alleged to have tried to bribe the guards, begging them to let him go and promising to offer one bag of dagga to be sold for their own profit or else he will sell it and then give back the money, however, the security officers are said to have refused the offer”.
The officer was then arrested and the Police in Sabie were notified about the shameful incident. “The member was charged for dealing in dagga, use of motor (state) vehicle without the owner’s consent, attempting to defeat the ends of justice and corruption. More charges could be added against the suspect as the investigation continues. Police are still in pursuit of the suspect who reportedly fled”
The suspect is expected to appear in the Sabie Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 03 April 2023 facing the said charges.