Cops charged for corruption

Two Hilton Flying Squad members Sgt Shannan Butting, 36 and Capt Edward Ngcobo, 57, appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Court on Tuesday where they faced charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.
The pair was arrested on Monday by the Hawks’ Durban Serious Corruption Investigation unit and Crime Intelligence and detained at the Mountain Rise SAPS.
It is alleged the pair had been transporting and selling drugs using state vehicles.
National Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said it was alleged that the two officers routinely stole large amounts of dagga to re-supply to the streets.
“The “recycling” business by the two was allegedly highly active and lucrative and never saw any of the dagga dealers whose loot was stolen from, behind bars,”said Mulaudzi.
The officers were granted R800 bail each and they are expected in court again in July.
Last week the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on police, Francois Beukman, was reported to have said there was an urgent need to implement lifestyle audits on police members to fight against any form of corruption.
“Vetting and lifestyle audits can be an effective way of removing rogue officers within the system and ensure the return of the credibility of the organisation.”
He was commenting after the arrest of an officer in Cape Town for alleged theft of firearms from police stores.

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Keroshini Paltu

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