The two police officers who were arrested for corruption and possession of dagga have been granted a R2000-00 bail each when they appeared before the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Sergeant Donovan Pope (39), who is attached to Faure Public Order Policing (POP) and Constable Craig Jodamus (29), a crime prevention official at Grassypark police station in the Western Cape were arrested on Wednesday after they allegedly received a R200-00 bribe from the suspect they had arrested as well as concealing 20 dagga plants which they had seized from the same suspect in Wynberg, Cape Town.
It is alleged that Pope, who was in company of three others members, raided a house where they discovered a dagga plantation. The suspect was immediately arrested and was made to sit in the front seat of the van whilst the police confiscated the dagga.
On their way to police station the sergeant allegedly demanded a bribe and the suspect offered R200-00, which he paid before he was released. Pope allegedly shared the money with the other members, and the dagga was then taken to a house of Constable Jodamus who was off duty at the time.
Failing to live with the guilt, the other three officers reported the matter to their commander who alerted the Hawks, an action which led to the arrest of Pope and Jodamus.
The two will appear again at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on 12 March 2015.
“As we intensify our quest to attain a corruption-free society we have once again proved that no one is above the law, not even police officials. We are saddened by the arrest of our own members but when we enforce the law we do not look at the person. We applaud the other officers who stood by their oath of office and reported the crime. Those are the role model police we need in our organisation. The arrest of these two must also serve as a warning to other members who are involved in corrupt and criminal activities that their day are numbered”, said Acting Head of the Hawks Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza.
Source : South African Police Service