A Limpopo police inspector who was arrested for allegedly stealing razor blades at a leading chain store in Lebowakgomo is free - for now.
He was arrested on Friday afternoon in possession of boxes of razor blades he allegedly stole from a leading chain store. The stolen items were apparently worth R280. He allegedly stuffed them in his jacket.
The 54-year-old cop was allegedly in uniform at the time of his arrest. He was subsequently charged with shoplifting.
Inspector Levy Mphahlele had his case postponed to August 8 for further investigation. He is currently out on warning.
Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba, the province's spokesman, said Mphahlele would not escape the wrath of the department when he appears before a disciplinary hearing.
"We are currently instituting an internal disciplinary hearing against Mphahlele. We really view the allegations in a serious light and, if found guilty of the offence, Mphahlele could be dismissed," said Ramatseba.
He said provincial police commissioner, Calvin Sengani, had strongly condemned "this embarrassment" by one of their own, and promised to take drastic action.
"As police we are supposed to be exemplary to communities out there. It is shameful that one of us was caught in the act. We will surely deal harshly with any of our members who engage in criminal activities," he said.
However, a source who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity, yesterday said Mphahlele had hinted he was considering quitting the police service before the commencement of disciplinary proceedings against him.
"He was apparently advised that he stood to lose a lot of his pension money should the disciplinary decision go against him. So it will not be a surprise should he resign," said a source who wished to remain anonymous.