Gauteng cops accused of copper cable theft back on the job

A well-placed source has questioned how a police officer facing criminal charges can be allowed to deal with firearms.

A Boksburg North police officer accused of stealing copper cable is now a designated firearm officer at the station.

Sergeant Pretty Ndlovu was appointed to the position on October 11.

She is reportedly still in training and will mostly deal with firearm applications and renewals.

A well-placed source working closely with the police, who wished to remain anonymous, says it is concerning that Ndlovu, an accused in a serious case that has not been finalised in court, has been appointed.

“How can a person accused of such a crime be in an office dealing with firearms?” he asks.

Boksburg North SAPS station commander Colonel Mack Mngomezulu declined to comment on the matter but confirmed that Ndlovu and her co-accused, Sergeant Solomon Hlengane, are back on duty.

“All I can say is that the court matter is still taking its course, and an internal process was followed,” he told the Boksburg Advertiser.

Ndlovu and Hlengane were arrested at work on February 1 by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for allegedly stealing copper cables, defeating the ends of justice and common robbery.

They are out on bail of R3 000 each.

The pair made their latest court appearance on September 28, but the owner of the copper was not in court, and the matter was postponed to November 23.

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