NC police captain arrested on fraud charges

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A Northern Cape police captain accused of defrauding the state of over R30 000 has been arrested, provincial police said on Thursday.

“Early this month, Northern Cape provincial detectives arrested one of their own. Investigating officer captain Salmons Gerhardus Esterhuisen was charged with three counts of fraud. Captain Esterhuisen is accused of defrauding the state of more than R30 000,” said Northern Cape police spokesperson, brigadier Mohale Ramatseba, via a statement.

“The investigation revealed that, more than once, Esterhuisen drew cash advances from the South African Police Service (SAPS) finance desk by submitting non-existing investigation advance requests.”

The province’s police commissioner, lieutenant general Risimati Shivuri, said there were “numerous ongoing investigations” into fraud and corruption in North West that involved SAPS members.

“Members of the South African Police Service should at all times take a lead by setting a good precedent not to participate in corrupt activities,” said Shivuri.

He added that SAPS had taken a stand to deal “decisively” with police officials who were in conflict with the law. “We will continue to purify the organisation by arresting members who are participating in criminal activities.”

Esterhuisen appeared before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court following his arrest. The matter was postponed to February 25 for further investigation.

 

African News Agency