Father and son-in-law arrested for allegedly selling state property

The Citizen

A father and son-in-law duo was recently arrested for the alleged theft of state property and will soon appear in the Bethulie Magistrate’s Court.

The 53 and 35-year-old suspects will be making an appearance for the alleged theft of batteries at the SAPS vehicle garage in Philippolis. The Free State Provincial Investigation Unit travelled to the Philippolis police station on 11 February after being alerted of alleged illegal acts being committed by one of the SAPS members working at the state garage.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, said this comes after more than 20 used state batteries were allegedly sold by the pair at one of the scrapyard dealers in Bloemfontein.

“On arrival at their premises, the investigating team found one vehicle battery belonging to the Philippolis SAPS at the house of the 35 year old son-in-law. They were both arrested and charged with possession of suspected stolen goods and theft of state property,” said Makhele.

Provincial Commissioner of Free State, Lt Gen Baile Motswenyane, said that they cannot tolerate any “bad apples” within their ranks. “These arrests must serve as a warning to those who are intending to engage themselves in these kind of corrupt activities.”