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'Police arrest was staged'

By Mogomotsi Selebi | May 07, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 20 ]

THE withdrawal of the case against three police officers who were arrested last week was welcomed by police union Popcru.

The union said the arrest of their members last Thursday was staged, adding that the withdrawal of the charges had proven that there was no case against the policemen.

Constables Zungu and Masia, as well as sergeant Phalane, were arrested while on duty at the Randburg police station on Thursday last week. They had been accused of assault, fraud and corruption.

This followed a complaint by Patrick Letsoalo of Johannesburg, who said the police had accused him of urinating on the street.

Letsoalo said he was later assaulted by the three officers who later made off with his money, which was R800. He was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Popcru was ecstatic over the decision to withdraw the case and questioned why there had been a large media contingent at the police station when the trio were arrested.

Popcru even accused the police of "staging" the arrest and said other police officers were traumatised.

"Popcru believes important lessons will be learnt from the release of the three officers who were arrested ... in the presence of a large media contingent.

"The court ... found there isn't sufficient evidence to support the charges of corruption, fraud and assault laid against the officers. The charges against the three men were withdrawn," said the statement.

It further said: "The union is further disturbed by what seems to have been a staged media parade aimed at illustrating a notion that the police are efficient when it comes to rooting out crime from within its ranks.

"The three officers who were arrested were in fact cleared of any wrongdoing through internal departmental processes in 2011. Hence the union's concern that all is not as it seems."

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga referred Sowetan to Phindi Louw, the NPA spokeswoman for the South Gauteng division, who was not available at the time of going to print.

Police spokeswoman captain Pinky Tsinyane confirmed that case had been withdrawn on Friday pending further investigation. She declined to comment on Popcru's claims that the arrest was staged. - selebim@sowetan.co.za

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Well I suppose the poor man was robbed and assaulted by ghosts then.

May 07, 2012 8:9 | 0 replies

Maybe i am babalaz, but is the guy supposedly being arrested while he has a gun on his waist?
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gun plus pepper spray nogal.only in our beloved South Africa .
is it just me or is this a stage show just to fool the public.

May 07, 2012 9:56 | 0 replies

Its simple the man who was assaulted by the ghosts won't be told the time and the date when his court case will appear before the court.He'll wait and wait and wait for his court date....and wait and wait and wait .

May 07, 2012 10:0 | 0 replies

@Is-it-just-me

Thats the same question I asked myself last week when I saw this photo...How can you arrest someone still carrying a firearm on his waist!!! This is crazy, but as the say ......ONLY IN SOUTH AFRICA

May 07, 2012 10:12 | 0 replies

maybe the man lied he was never assaulted he just wanted revenge, he was never robbed too

May 07, 2012 10:20 | 0 replies

I don`t know, the article is either a joke. How can someone being arrested last Thursdays with the allegation of corruption and being released without proper investigation? The picture shows a police man with full uniform and a gun. First of all before a police being arrested is being striped a police badge, gun, pepper spry and even shoe laces.

May 07, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

@ProudSAcan
Maybe i am babalaz, but is the guy supposedly being arrested while he has a gun on his waist?
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The arrest was staged to blind the citizens and the forgot to disamr him. Nc! Nc! Nc! Nc!

May 07, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

The arrest was staged to blind the citizens and the forgot to disarm him. Nc! Nc! Nc! Nc!

May 07, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

Not enough evidence doesn't necessarily mean their 'Innocent'

May 07, 2012 1:3 | 0 replies

Eish SAPS has problems yoh.......................

May 07, 2012 9:55 | 0 replies

i guess the man either imagined the whole odeal or it was ghosts that assaulted him. i love the justice system in this country. The guilty ones are roaming ths streets and the some innocent ones are behind bars because there is no one to investigate their cases.
sad state of affairs

May 07, 2012 9:22 | 0 replies