Cop duo in court for stealing looted goods
Two police officers stationed at Entumbane police station have been arraigned before the courts for allegedly stealing looted goods they recovered from Entumbane B terminus.
The court heard that the two officers gave a security guard who was manning the terminus false names and confiscated several goods and claimed they were taking them to the police station.
Thulani Nyathi (33) and Victor Peter Munondo whose ranks were not given appeared before Tredgold magistrate Sithembiso Ncube facing a charge of theft.
Nyathi and Munondo who were self-actors pleaded with the court to grant them bail.
Nyathi told the court he has a three month old baby whom he is taking care of and if he is jailed the child will suffer while Munondo said his mother is sick and he is the one looking after her.
Magistrate Ncube remanded the pair in custody to tomorrow (Friday) for a bail application ruling.
The court heard that on January 25 police officers stationed at Entumbane received a tip off that there were some goods hidden at Entumbane B terminus, believed to have been acquired through looting during the January protests.
The state prosecutor, Alfonce Makonese told the court that Nyathi and Munondo were assigned to investigate. .
Makonese said the pair recovered the goods at the scene but did not surrender them to the police station.
“Nyathi and Munondo went to the terminus on January 26 at 6PM to conduct a search. They found a security guard manning the place and informed him they had come to conduct a search. They found in one of the broken down vehicles eight cellphones, two gas tanks and six bottles of battery water,” said Makonese.
He said two more officers, Constables Ndaba and Chakabveyo were sent to the terminus to collect the stolen goods but the security guard manning the premises showed them his entry book where the latter pair had signed using fake names.
“Investigations were carried out on Nyathi and Munondo and through indications from Nyathi, the goods were recovered from Zothile shopping centre,” said Makonese