More FS police officers dismissed for crime in 2018/19

More than 60 Free State officials have been dismissed from the South African Police Services (SAPS) for their alleged involvement in crime over the 2018/19 financial year.

During a briefing, announcing the Free State’s crime statistics in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, the Provincial Police Commissioner, Moeketsi Sempe said 62 police officers were dismissed for their involvement in a range of crimes, including murder, rape, and the obstruction of justice, amongst a slew of others. He says the number of those dismissed is higher than previous years because of police management’s commitment to root out ill-discipline and corruption.

Sempe says the increasing number of officials being shown the door is, in part, a reflection of the moral degeneration in our communities. “This is what we have become,” laments Sempe. In a response to a question posed by a member of the media regarding the ill-discipline within SAPS, Sempe stresses discipline starts at home. “We should ensure our children are disciplined before they go out into the world.”

In December 2018, Sempe revealed in an exclusive interview with OFM News that about 40 police officers had at that stage been dismissed in the Free State for their involvement in corruption and crime during the 2017/18 financial year, making the latest figures a significant increase.

When probed on the case into the murder of the Managing Director of City Med, Louis Siemens, and the number of police officials implicated in that case, Sempe says as far as he is aware, two of the officials implicated in the murder of Siemens have been formally dismissed, following an internal investigation and a disciplinary process.

Bayswater Detective Molebatsi Mogoera, Court Orderly Kagiso Chabane, and Bayswater Captain Moeketsi Lesia have all been arrested in connection with the murder of Siemens, who was gunned down in the basement parking area of Preller Square Shopping Centre. It is unknown which of the three officials have been dismissed.

Prior to his death, Siemens was alleged to have been paying off bribes through accused number one, Stanley Bakili, for hospital bed licenses when things went south between the two. Sempe says he is unaware of allegations that Information Technology Technician and accused number seven in the case, Sizwe Mpati, allegedly worked for SAPS before he was arrested for the crime.