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sapsThe Star reports that charges of fraud, for alleged abuses of State resources for personal gain, against a senior police officer, have highlighted Police Minister Bheki Cele’s recent criticism of supposed corruption within the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

Lieutenant-General Dumisa Magadlela, the former head of the national forensics unit, is facing charges of fraud, forgery and defeating the ends of justice for the alleged unlawful use of a police vehicle for a personal trip in January.  Magadlela allegedly purchased petrol to the value of about R9,000 on a trip home to the Eastern Cape in January, using the police card, while earning over 200 points on his personal Clicks store loyalty card.  The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed the charges against Magadlela, who is apparently now heading the project to form a new detectives’ academy.  The allegations are that Magadlela committed fraud, by forging two police personnel numbers, to book out a SAPS Nissan Pathfinder SUV, and allegedly misrepresented himself as a sergeant in the logbook.  The misrepresentation was necessary because officers with high police ranks, such as Magadlela, receive designated drivers and are not allowed to use State vehicles.  Sources said that Magadlela was suspended with pay for 90 days, but has not faced any internal disciplinary action.  Addressing the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union conference on Wednesday, Cele lamented corruption within the SAPS, which the minister said “killed the morale” of police and the community.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khaya Koko at The Star

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