A 40-year-old suspect walked into a sticky situation on Monday, 15 August, when he visited a police station in Bethal, Mpumalanga to ask about the police trainee recruitment drive. It was the same station that’s had an open docket with his name on it for the last seven years.
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the suspect was “unexpectedly nabbed” when he enquired about the police recruitment drive.
The office of the Mpumalanga police commissioner described the suspect as a “long-sought” thief who stole materials he was meant to deliver to clients.
The 40-year-old allegedly diverted a hardware material delivery – worth about R20 000 – to another address without the owner’s knowledge.
“The suspect’s dirty tricks were uncovered a week later after the manager decided to check invoices. It was realised that two invoices were missing and other materials delivered to wrong addresses,” said Mohlala.
The matter was reported to SAPS and a case of theft was opened in September 2015. He was expected to appear in the Bethal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 16 August.
“We are working tirelessly day and night, sticking to our mandate of creating a safe environment for all citizens. We cannot achieve that stage whilst other suspects are still roaming the streets and terrorizing the communities. It is just a matter of time before we bring them to justice,” said Mpumalanga commissioner, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela.
She took the opportunity to warn fugitives from the law that their arrests are imminent.