Four Eastern Cape police officers have been arrested for the alleged theft of liquor and cigarettes in two separate incidents.
Police on Friday handcuffed two of their own members of the Joza police station in Makhanda after they were allegedly linked to the robbery of a liquor truck that overturned in Makhanda last year.
Lesley Sauls and Justine Freeman, who appeared in the local magistrate’s court on Friday, allegedly also sold the stolen liquor to a local tavern.
According to a statement from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the charge of theft is related to an incident of 13 October 2019 when the officers arrived at a scene where community members were stripping the overturned truck of its cargo of liquor. The two policemen also allegedly took some of the liquor and dropped it off at the Joza police station, before allegedly selling the rest to a tavern.
Sauls and Freeman were released on bail of R500 each and are due to appear in court again on December 14.