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