Traf­fic of­fi­cer bust for dagga

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LEILA SAMODIEN

A CAPE Town traf­fic cop faces dis­ci­plinary action af­ter he was caught in pos­ses­sion of dagga while on duty.

The of­fi­cer was caught in Athlone on Tues­day af­ter­noon, ap­par­ently by neigh­bour­hood watch mem­bers. He was ap­pre­hended and taken to the Ma­nen­berg po­lice sta­tion.

The of­fi­cer had been on duty in full uni­form, and had parked his of­fi­cial mo­tor­cy­cle on the side of the road. It is un­clear whether he had been smok­ing the dagga.

Sources said the of­fi­cer was al­legedly a re­peat of­fender, who had also been caught with drugs in 2006.

Po­lice spokesman Su­per­in­ten­dent An­dré Traut said the of­fi­cer con­fessed to be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the mar­i­juana and paid a R100 fine.

He said that in cases where of­fend­ers were caught with small amounts of dagga, they could get off by pay­ing “a small ad­mis­sion of guilt fine”.

The traf­fic of­fi­cer was re­leased from cus­tody the same day. How­ever, he is un­likely to get off that eas­ily dur­ing an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary hear­ing next week.

City of Cape Town ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for safety and se­cu­rity Richard Bos­man con­fir med that he had been in­formed of the in­ci­dent on Tues­day evening.

The of­fi­cer was im­me­di­ately put on spe­cial leave and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion launched. He is ex­pected to ap­pear at a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing on Mon­day morn­ing, when it will be de­ter­mined whether he will be sus­pended. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Bos­man said, would also look into whether he had been guilty of pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents.

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