29 April 2013

South Africa: Police Recruitment Officer in the Dock for Corruption and Fraud

press release

A police captain, who works as a recruitment officer at the Lebowakgomo Police Station appeared in court this morning on charges of corruption, fraud and theft following her arrest last week.

Capt Mavis Maphula Tlooke was arrested after she allegedly promised a police reservist at the Lebowakgomo Police Station that she will ensure permanent employment for him in the South African Police Service (SAPS), despite him not completing the psychometric testing successfully. She allegedly demanded an amount of R10 000 and it was agreed that the reservist constable could make the payment in several instalments.

When the reservist constable was not included on the lists of two separate intakes to the SAPS Training Centre in Pretoria, he decided to open a case. Members of the Organised Crime Unit investigated the case until the arrest of the Captain at her home last week. She appeared in the Lebowakgomo Magistrates' Court and received R500 bail. The case was remanded to 24 May to determine a date in the Regional Court.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe, welcomed the arrest and re-iterated that corruption and criminal activities will not be tolerated by the senior management of the SAPS in the province.

Issued by: South African Police Service

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