The Metro Police of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality took swift action when it became apparent that one of its officers was arrested.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Metro Police Chief Yolanda Faro implemented steps to effect the suspension of a Metro cop pending an internal investigation following the arrest of the officer. It is alleged that the man was involved in the commission of a crime.
â€œWe see this matter in a very serious light as we will never condone criminal activities that bring our metropolitan police force and ultimately the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality into disrepute,â€? said Yolanda Faro, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Metro Police Chief.
â€œI already informed human resources that an immediate suspension is required pending the outcome of our investigation.
â€œWe were informed that the Uitenhage South African Police Services received a complaint of attempted theft out of a motor vehicle. While the police were on patrol, they noticed a white Polo with three occupants that corresponded with an eyewitness description of the suspect vehicle and stopped it.
â€œA search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of implements that could be used to break into vehicles and they were arrested. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a Metro police officer,â€? said Faro.
Acting Executive Director for Safety and Security, Shane Brown, said there is no hesitation on the part of the municipality to act against corruption or lawlessness especially if it emanates from among own ranks.
â€œIt is unfortunate that a very successful security force up to this point, had this setback, but it is even more important that we act without hesitation.
â€œWe would like the public to report any instances of corruption or criminality to us and it will be investigated,â€? Brown said.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security John Best applauded the action of the Metro Police Chief and said Faro continues to show exemplary leadership.
- In another incident a Nelson Mandela Bay motorist landed in hot water after attempting to bribe a Metro police officer with R100 and a cool drink, when it was discovered at a checkpoint that he was driving without a driverâ€™s licence. The 29-year-old driver was arrested for bribery and corruption.