Police officers appear in court for theft and defeating the ends of justice

NORTH WEST – Cindy Nidene Roos (39), a police Sergeant, was on Friday, 22 May 2020, released on R1000-00 bail upon appearance in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court for theft and defeating the ends of justice. She will reappear on Monday, 31 August 2020.

Roos’ court appearance follows her apprehension on Wednesday, 20 May 2020, in Rustenburg for theft of cigarettes worth R6000-00. According to information received, Roos booked out the cigarettes from the Rustenburg police station Exhibit Store on Friday, 08 May 2020 under the pretext of dispatching them to forensic laboratory. The stolen cigarettes were recovered during the arrest.

In another unrelated incident, two police Sergeants were released on warning when they appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 22 May 2020 for theft and defeating the ends of justice. Thabang Selebale (40) and Tshepo Pooe (35) will appear for a second time in court on Wednesday, 17 June 2020.

The pair were arrested on Wednesday, 20 May 2020, for theft of liquor worth R10 000-00. Reports suggest that the members connived with two civilians; Morgen Mofokeng (38) and Timothy Nkola (40) and stole liquor from three women. It is alleged that Mofokeng (38) and Nkola (40) convinced the victims to sell them stokvel club liquor. During the transaction, Selebale and Pooe suddenly emerged, with an unmarked police vehicle, then threatened the women with arrest for contravening the Lockdown Regulations. They apparently confiscated the liquor and loaded it in a red mini cooper driven by one of the two civilians and they all drove off from the scene. Investigation into the matter revealed that the liquor was not documented as exhibit at the police station.
Mofokeng and Nkola were subsequently arrested on Saturday, 16 May 2020. Consequent to their court appearance, Nkola was released on warning while Mofokeng paid R50000 bail. They will also reappear in court together with the police officers on Wednesday, 17 June 2020.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena condemned the members’ unbecoming conduct which he said it cannot be tolerated within our ranks. He commended the Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit (ACIU) for their commitment in exposing our own members who fail to abide by the organisational Code of Conduct.

Source: South African Police Service

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