03 December 2020
PRETORIA – Management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) dismissed seven officers, including two senior managers at the level of brigadier, two colonels, a lieutenant colonel and two civilian employees, following their alleged involvement in corrupt activities.
SAPS national spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo said seven fired officers are part of 16 arrested in June.
“The seven members were part of 16 suspects initially arrested on the 4th of June 2020 during a predawn operation. They were arrested by an anti-corruption task team which was set up in 2017 by the national commissioner General Khehla John Sitole,” said Naidoo.
“Among the arrested were a former lieutenant general of the South African Police Service, three brigadiers, colonels, civilian employees and six private citizens on multiple charges which included fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering.”
Naidoo said although the accused in this matter are currently subjected to criminal prosecution, the seven have been tried internally in the SAPS, found guilty and subsequently dismissed.
The officers and civilian employees are:
Brigadier Jabez Naidoo (49) who was station commander at Point police station in KwaZulu Natal;
Brigadier Lesetja David Mogotlane (57) who was section head for mechanical services;
Colonel Thomas Dumisani Marima (50) who was section commander for vehicles and tactical equipment;
Lieutenant Colonel Veeran Naipal (47) who was stationed at vehicle support unit in the SAPS Pretoria central garage;
Lieutenant Colonel Alpheus Nkosibanke Makhetha (46) who was SAPS technical expert on the vehicle fleet;
Admin Clerk Jacoba Magadela Havenga (49) who was chief Provincial clerk at the new vehicle store in the Western Cape;
Marcell Duan Marney (33) who was chief provisioning clerk to Brigadier Ramanjalum.
Meanwhile, Sitole has reiterated the position of police management to root out corruption from within the SAPS, “irrespective of the rank or position a member holds within the service”.
“I continue to urge members to desist from any form of criminality or corruption as such actions will do nothing more than bring an abrupt end to one’s freedom and career,” said Sitole.