Ex-cop arrested for helping suspect flee
A FORMER SAPS constable will appear in the Wolmaransstad Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for allegedly aiding a suspect to escape from custody, North West police said.
The man was arrested by provincial organised crime unit officers on Friday, Colonel Adele Myburgh said. On August 17, a suspect, Johannes Batsibile, was arrested by family violence, child protection, and sexual offences unit officers in Wolmaransstad after being linked to 28 cases of alleged rape and a murder. “The suspect was allegedly a friend to the former police member,” Myburgh said. Provincial organised crime unit officers rearrested Batsibile and during police investigations, it was discovered that the former police officer allegedly assisted Batsibile to escape. After the investigation was finalised, the docket was taken to the senior public prosecutor in Klerksdorp for a decision and the former police officer was subsequently arrested, Myburgh said.
North West police commissioner Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane congratulated the team for the arrest. “The police will continue to work hard to achieve the successful prosecution of offenders and get rid of corrupt police officials,” Motswenyane said.