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By unknown | Sep 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A police inspector appeared briefly in a Nelspruit magistrate's court yesterday in connection with the theft of a wallet at a casino.

Inspector Hlezi Mnisi was not asked to plead and the matter was postponed to October 11 for further investigation.

He was released on a warning pending his next court appearance.

He has not been suspended from duty.

He was arrested after closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at a local casino captured him allegedly picking up and pocketing a gambling customer's wallet.

The wallet was later found in the casino toilets without the R800 that was in it.

Police say the policeman went to gamble at Emnotweni Casino in Nelspruit on Friday night.

A man gambling at a slot machine next to him dropped his wallet.

Unaware that the casino had CCTV cameras, the policeman allegedly picked up the wallet, pocketed it and walked towards the toilets where he disappeared.

When the other gambler realised his wallet was missing, he approached casino security, who checked footage of their cameras. They arrested the inspector and found R20000.

He said the money was part of his bonus paid out earlier in the day. Security took him to the toilets where they allegedly found the empty wallet.


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