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POLICE management in Mpumalanga have retracted their threat to fire 24 officers after a R3,75million consignment of Mandrax disappeared from under their noses.
Instead provincial police commissioner Rex Machabi has transferred the officers to other police stations.
The officers have effectively been removed from the organised crime unit for failing to account for the drugs.
Pressed to explain why the officers were transferred instead of being dismissed, Machabi's spokesperson Sibongile Nkosi, said there were processes that had to be followed.
"After an internal investigation by police management a decision was reached that the members should be removed from the unit.
"We don't fire people at random, we have to follow the law," Nkosi said yesterday.
"However, this is not the final word on the matter. Criminal and internal investigations are continuing.
"The outcome of the internal investigation will allow police management to make an informed decision on what should happen to them."
"Halfway through the 30 days it seems there was still no clue, the members were transferred to various police stations," another acting commissioner's spokesperson, Captain Leonard Hlathi, said yesterday.
"The police management called all 24 officers for a report-back-on progress relating to Machabi's instructions that they must find the drugs and arrest the suspects who stole them from our care," Hlathi said.