Guilty cop pro­moted

Probe launched af­ter po­lice out­rage over ‘du­bi­ous’ ad­vance­ments

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THE dis­graced Port El­iz­a­beth de­tec­tive who was con­victed of hid­ing her al­leged lover – a wanted gang sus­pect – from po­lice, has been of­fi­cially pro­moted. De­tec­tive Ali­cia Beem­ing, 34, was found crim­i­nally guilty of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice in Au­gust last year af­ter she al­legedly had a re­la­tion­ship with a wanted man and then hid his where­abouts from her col­leagues at the Gang Unit. This week, Beem­ing’s name ap­peared on a fi­nal po­lice pro­mo­tion list – ad­vanced from con­sta­ble to sergeant – caus­ing an up­roar among po­lice of­fi­cers.

The SA Po­lice Union (Sapu) lashed out at the pro­mo­tion, claim­ing that sev­eral other of­fi­cials with pend­ing crim­i­nal and in­ter­nal cases had also been pro­moted, cast­ing doubt over the en­tire process.

While Beem­ing’s pro­mo­tion be­came of­fi­cial on Monday, po­lice man­age­ment have now or­dered a probe into whether it – and oth­ers – were above board.

Po­lice of­fi­cials re­main dumb­struck over her ad­vance­ment as she has al­ready been found guilty both in­ter­nally and in her crim­i­nal trial.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice bosses have re­mained mum on how this hap­pened, but said yes­ter­day an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was now un­der way.

The pro­mo­tion will see Beem­ing’s salary jump from around R172 000 per year to R193 000.

Since her con­vic­tion, Beem­ing has also re­mar­ried and now goes by the name Ali­cia Kohl.

Her pro­gres­sion was an­nounced via an in­ter­nal memo of ap­proved pro­mo­tions sent to sta­tions ear­lier this week.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice in­sid­ers, the onus is on Beem­ing’s di­rect com­man­der at the spe­cial­ist Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) Unit to have mo­ti­vated her pro­mo­tion.

Po­lice spokes­woman Colonel Si­bongile Soci de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails, but said: “SAPS can con­firm that the mem­ber’s pro­mo­tion is cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. We will com­mu­ni­cate the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in due course.”

Last month a pre­lim­i­nary list named Beem­ing as a per­son who qual­i­fied for pro­mo­tion.

Af­ter the list was re­leased, she took to Face­book to boast about her pend­ing pro­mo­tion.

She wrote: “Two years de­layed, but it’s here. Thank you Lord.”

She [Beem­ing] took to Face­book to boast about her pend­ing pro­mo­tion. She wrote: “Two years de­layed but it’s here. Thank you Lord”

Sapu pro­vin­cial spokesman Eric Jinikwe said while they sup­ported pro­mo­tions within the po­lice, they were out­raged by “ques­tion­able names” on the list.

Jinikwe said they had re­ceived sev­eral phone calls from irate po­lice of­fi­cials re­gard­ing the ir­reg­u­lar pro­mo­tions.

“It has re­ally caused waves within the Port El­iz­a­beth po­lice ser­vice. We sup­port pro­mo­tions but do not con­done the pro­mo­tion of some of the ques­tion­able in­di­vid­u­als on this list.

“There are sev­eral who have cases against them but were pro­moted. It is an out­rage and un­der­mines the val­ues of the po­lice.”

Jinikwe said he had al­ready spo­ken to the pro­vin­cial po­lice head of­fice, which had now launched a probe.

“We will not tol­er­ate this as it is mak­ing a mock­ery of the sys­tem and all the ded­i­cated of­fi­cials who deserve these pro­mo­tions. This pro­mo­tion process is clearly flawed. It is ob­vi­ous and bla­tant to ev­ery­one. We need to rec­tify this speed­ily and de­ci­sively.

“All these pro­mo­tions should be in­ves­ti­gated and those who do not deserve it need to have the pro­mo­tion re­called. There needs to be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on how this hap­pened and those in­volved need to be charged – from com­man­ders to any­one who was in­volved,” Jinikwe said.

“The [SAPS] pol­icy states that any­one with a pend­ing case, ei­ther in­ter­nal or crim­i­nal, can­not be pro­moted un­til it is fi­nalised.”

Jinikwe ex­plained that each of­fi­cial who qual­i­fied for a pro­mo­tion had to have a mo­ti­va­tion from their com­man­der, ef­fec­tively sanc­tion­ing the pro­mo­tion.

“The let­ter of mo­ti­va­tion from the com­man­der – who is ex­pected to know about their mem­bers’ pend­ing or crim­i­nal cases – will say why or why not they should be pro­moted. This needs to be in­ves­ti­gated and if those com­man­ders in­volved lied, they must be charged.”

Asked how many other such of­fi­cials were pro­moted, Jinikwe said they needed to in­ves­ti­gate the fi­nal num­bers.

By yes­ter­day morn­ing, Jinikwe said he had spo­ken to the po­lice head of­fice which au­tho­rised the probe. “We have also been guar­an­teed that who­ever is in­volved with this will face dis­ci­plinary and le­gal ac­tion by the pro­vin­cial head of­fice,” he said.

In Novem­ber 2016, Beem­ing pleaded guilty to in­ter­nal charges and had to pay a R2 400 fine, was given a sus­pended sen­tence, and trans­ferred to the Mother­well FCS unit.

Beem­ing, a for­mer mem­ber of the gang task team, was con- victed in the Port El­iz­a­beth Re­gional Court in Au­gust last year af­ter she ad­mit­ted she was aware her col­leagues had been look­ing for Hans Jordaan in con­nec­tion with a shoot­ing.

Be­tween April 2014 and March 2015, Beem­ing at­tended se­cret meet­ings in which gang sus­pects, in­clud­ing Jordaan, were dis­cussed.

In one in­stance on Jan­uary 31 2015 – and while the po­lice were al­ready hunt­ing for Jordaan – Beem­ing al­legedly col­lected him from a crime scene af­ter he had been shot in Bloe­men­dal and took him to hos­pi­tal.

Nu­mer­ous at­tempts to con­tact Beem­ing for com­ment on her pro­mo­tion were un­suc­cess­ful.

She is due to ap­pear in court next month for sen­tenc­ing.


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