SAPS Mpumalanga cop

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Mpumalanga cop arrested after allegedly killing man at Tavern

This off-duty cop is facing murder charges after he allegedly killed a man at a tavern. He then tried to lie about the body…

SAPS Mpumalanga cop

Photo: SAPS

They’re meant to be there to protect and serve us. But what happens when an off duty police officer ends up allegedly killing a man. What happens if that same officer then attempts to report that he “found” the body? Well, just ask one Mpumalanga cop and the provincial division of the South African Police Service.

Mpumalanga cop goes off the rails

According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, a captain from the Sterkspruit area reported that one of his off-duty officers had found a dead body. The captain then went to the scene where the officer said he had found the body.

Once the captain found the body with gunshot wounds, things quickly started to unravel.

“He [the officer] was allegedly pressed with questions and the Captain also asked the whereabouts of his firearm. He told them that it’s with his mother. The Police went to his home and on arrival, they requested his mom to give them the firearm. His mother told them that she was not given a firearm by his son. The firearm was subsequently found in his room underneath the pillow. He then told the Captain that he shot the deceased at the tavern and he rushed him to hospital where the nurses refused to take him as he was already dead.”

IPID Spokesperson Grace Langa

The officer then panicked and dumped the deceased’s body in a nearby field.

Drunk on the job?

IPID is now in the process of confirming whether or not the suspect was under the influence at the tavern. The directorate says it has taken the cop for various tests to prove this.

He’ll now spend the weekend behind bars, before appearing in the Sterkspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

A post mortem on the man who died will also be conducted next week.

Last month, IPID took action in dealing with 11 Tshwane Metro Police officers who allegedly beat and sjambokked a man in Pretoria.

IPID says that the number of complaints it has received from South Africans against police officers, has soared since lockdown began.