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CAR SMUGGLING: 3 COPS SUSPENDED

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MBABANE - Like his predecessor, Acting National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini has zero tolerance for corruption in the police service.

The acting national commissioner has since suspended the three police officers who are implicated in the smuggling of stolen motor vehicles at the Mhlumemi Border Gate. The three police officers, who have been suspended on half pay, are Constables Simanga Nkwanyana, Sandile Dlamini and Bhekumusa Mncina. They were all based at Mhlumeni Border Gate and they are alleged to have assisted cars thieves to smuggle the stolen vehicles into Mozambique from Eswatini. For this ‘job;’ they were allegedly paid substantial amounts of money by the car thieves.

Charges

On January 25, 2019, the three were arrested and charged with three criminal offences namely; prevention of corruption and two charges of contravening Section 8 of the Theft of Motor Vehicle Act No.16 of 1991. In the memorandum interdicting them from work, the acting commissioner of police stated that it was common cause that upon their (three police officers) release on bail, they appeared before the Board of officers to show cause why they should not be interdicted from duty in terms of Section 43 (1) (b) of the Police Service Act No.2 of 2018. He highlighted that such was in compliance with the rules of natural justice (Audi alteram partem rule).

The acting commissioner reminded the officers that during their appearance before the Board of officers, they made submissions which the board took into consideration. “Be advised that I have given due consideration of your submissions and the recommendation of the Board and I have since concluded that in view of national interest and seriousness of the offence for which you are charged you are hereby interdicted from duty on half pay,” reads part of the memorandum by the acting national commissioner of police.

Challenging

One of the suspended police officers, Bhekumusa Mncina, is now challenging his suspension on half pay. 

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