The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), representing two police officers linked to the murder of a slain Bloemfontein businessman, Louis Siemens, said it is still awaiting the Provincial Commissioner (PC), Moeketsi Sempe’s, decision on the future of the two, stemming from the chairperson’s dismissal recommendations.
The Free State Popcru Secretary, Chakale Mahlatsei, told Bloemfontein Courant on Monday that they will know once Sempe has actually signed off their dismal, relieving them from their respectful duties but for now it remains unknown whether a Bayswater detective, Molebatsi Moegora (40), and court orderly, Kasigoso Chabane (40), are dismissed or not.
This after the South African police services (SAPS) crime analyst, Karin Jacobs, earlier told the court there two have been fired from their work, something that the defence attorneys refuted. She said that Sempe may still vary with the decision of the chairperson or accept and enforce the recommendations by singing off their dismal letters.
She further said this put them between a rock and hard place because they are unable to comment at this stage but will only be able to do so once Sempe has fully and satisfactorily applied his mind in the matter.
“You know, I must say that we as the union we cannot comment further on the story because we don’t know what the PC will say, whether he will agree or disagree with the chairperson’s recommendation to dismiss the two,” Mahlatsi added.
“And we as Popcru are against corruption and fraud within the SAPS, irrespective who committed this crime, therefore, we will wait for the outcomes of the criminal case and see if our members are found guilty or not,” Mahlatsi concluded. – Lucky Nkuyane