14 June 2017

South Africa: SAPS Cracks the Whip On Corruption Within Its Ranks

press release

While the South African Police Service (SAPS) vigorously perseveres to root out corruption within its ranks and educate members on the importance of abiding by the Code of Conduct and act at all times within the parameters of the law, there are still employees acting on the wrong side of the law.

Yesterday, a sergeant stationed at the OR Tambo International Airport was arrested for her alleged involvement in committing crime since 2013.

On 9 March 2013, a flight attendant Lebogana Paulina Tshabalala was arrested at the OR Tambo Airport on her return from Sao Paolo. It was alleged that customs officials arrested Tshabalala after cocaine had been found in her possession. She was taken to Sergeant Raesibe Melda Ndukula to be interviewed. In the course of the interview, some of the drug was removed from the exhibits which prompted an investigation against the sergeant.

The National Anti-Corruption Unit under the command of Brigadier Petros Shabalala, was assigned to investigate the case in January this year. Following intensive investigation, the unit first arrested Tshabalala on Saturday, 10 June 2017 and then arrested the sergeant at her office at the OR Tambo International Airport on Monday morning.

Both suspects appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday afternoon. Tshabalala is facing charges of dealing in drugs in terms of the Drug and Drug Trafficking Act, 1992 (Act no 140 of 1992) and the sergeant is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and theft.

Both the accused have been granted R5000, 00 bail each and they are expected to reappear in the Kempton Park Regional Court on 7 July 2017.

In its effort to eradicate any form of criminality, the SAPS is encouraging anyone with information to call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline 0800 701 701 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strict confidentiality.

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