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Cops accused of looting get bail

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Many items, including television sets and electric appliances, were stolen during service delivery protests, where looting was the order of the day

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THE TWO SAPS constables who were arrested for allegedly taking part in the looting of stores during service delivery protests in Hartswater and Pampierstad last week, while they were on duty, received bail of R1 000 each.

The accused, Onkabetse Sebelesho and Thembekile Ngixi, appeared in the Hartswater Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of corruption and theft after they were found in possession of cellphones that were reported stolen from a furniture store in Hartswater.

Both accused have appointed private legal representation.

Hartswater magistrate Sarah Dowries warned them not to interfere with any State witnesses and to re-appear in court on May 30.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, the two police officers, aged 34 and 37 years, were arrested on Sunday while on duty.

“The cellphones found that they were in possession of were reported stolen from a local furniture store in Hartswater. The cellphones and many items, including television sets and electric appliances, were stolen during service delivery protests, where looting was the order of the day.

“Two arrested police officers were also seen being part of community members who looted business premises in Hartswater and Pampierstad.”

Tawana indicated that at the time of their arrest, one of the accused was found in possession of a suspected stolen cellphone while another cellphone was found at the house of the second accused.

“The case was handed over to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for further investigation. More arrests are imminent. The investigation continues,” Tawana added.

– Sandi Kwon Hoo