COP CAUGHT IN the ACT
There was drama on the streets of White River in Mpumalanga when a policeman made a dash for freedom with his colleagues hot on his heels.
In fact, a very large policeman who was in pursuit tripped and fell - to the delight of onlookers - as his fleeing colleague dodged his way through the crowd.
The arrested policeman was in full uniform. His attire made him stand out and easy to follow through the streets of the town. He was finally nabbed at the nearby taxi rank.
The policeman had been arrested for corruption. He was allegedly caught red-handed selling a temporary liquor licence to a member of the community at the White River police station.
Several police officers from the provincial organised crime unit were following up information when one of them tapped the constable on the shoulder and told him he was under arrest.
The constable gave a quick glance at his counterpart and immediately bolted out of the police station at full speed.
He was somewhat unfortunate because several police officers ran after him along the main street in White River. One of them tripped and fell before he could rejoin the chase.
Community member Kenneth Mathebula said: "It was very funny to see policemen running after another cop. We at first thought they were all just birds of a feather running after a criminal, but we could not help laughing when we discovered the cop was actually running away from his colleagues."
The chase ended at the White River taxi rank, where the culprit mingled with commuters in an attempt to hide. He was given away by his uniform.
The other cops spotted him instantly. They handcuffed him and took him back to the police station, where he was charged with 15 counts of corruption.
The policeman allegedly sold temporary liquor licences to the public and charged R300 a form for personal gain.
Provincial police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi told Sowetan that the forms were supposed to be issued for free.
The constable had allegedly been selling the forms for the past four months since his appointment as a liquor officer.
Hlathi said the constable had been given a position of trust and was supposed to have been honest.
"We need honest police officials and public servants who will serve the community in an honest manner," said Hlathi.
"We ask police officials to abstain from corrupt activities because that paints a negative image of the entire police service," Hlathi said.
The constable was in custody and is expected to appear in the White River magistrate's court today.