South Africa: Cape Town Metro Cop Arrested In Connection With Business Robbery

by The Eagle

A Cape Town metro police officer has been arrested in connection with a business robbery.

The robbery occurred in Athlone Industria on Friday when four men and a woman, some of whom were armed, entered the premises, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi.

“They threatened the staff and fled the scene with the security guard and an undisclosed amount of cash and valuables. The suspects dropped the victim off near Johnson Road,” said Swartbooi.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.”

According to News 24, Swartbooi said one person was arrested and charged with business robbery.

He is expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court soon.

In a social media post, City of Cape Town Safety and Security Mayco Member JP Smith said the arrested man was one of two officers who were allegedly involved in the business robbery.

“As soon as the City became aware of the allegations, contact was made with the SAPS detective, and our own SSIU (Safety and Security Investigation Unit) traced and arrested one of the officers and handed him over to SAPS for further investigation. The City has also been actively involved in and supporting the investigation, which is ongoing,” Smith said.

He called on the police to fast-track the investigation and “establish the facts” urgently.

“While no institution is immune from its staff becoming involved in criminal activities, the manner in which such actions are dealt with by the agency, will determine the reputation and ethical culture of the institution,” he said.

“If the allegations are true, it would bring shame to the department, and I am grateful for the swift and effective disciplinary action already undertaken by the management of the directorate.”

Smith said a pre-suspension letter was served on the arrested officer.

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