A well-placed source has questioned how one of the cops accused of copper theft can have permission to deal with firearms.
Sergeant Pretty Ndlovu, an officer from Boksburg North accused of stealing copper cable, has been appointed as a designated firearm officer at the station, a role she assumed on October 11.
Reportedly, she is still in training and will primarily handle firearm applications and renewals.
However, the concerned source working closely with the police, who opted to remain anonymous, finds it troubling that Ndlovu, facing severe criminal charges yet to be finalised in court, has been assigned to such a position.
He asks, “How can a person accused of such a crime be in an office dealing with firearms?”
Although Boksburg North SAPS station commander Colonel Mack Mngomezulu declined to comment on the matter, he did confirm that Ndlovu, along with her co-accused, Sergeant Solomon Hlengane, are back on duty.
Mngomezulu stated, “All I can say is that the court matter is still taking its course, and an internal process was followed.”
Ndlovu and Hlengane were arrested at work on February 1 by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, facing allegations of stealing copper cables, defeating the ends of justice, and committing common robbery.
Both officers are currently out on bail, each posting R3,000 for release.
The pair made their most recent court appearance on September 28, but the owner of the copper did not attend court. Consequently, the case was postponed to November 23, adding to their situation’s uncertainty.
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