Metro cop is ATM bombing suspect
NEWS / 27 Dec '12, 11:46amBy: Karabo Ngoepe
Johannesburg - A 29-year-old Tshwane metro police constable has been arrested after being found in possession of suspected stolen goods and explosives similar to those used during ATM bombings.
The constable was arrested in Akasia on Monday when police responded to a complaint about domestic violence.
She had allegedly poured hot water on her boyfriend, and he had to be taken to hospital.
While at the house, police spotted a Toyota Quantum minibus with no seats.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Mathews Nkoadi said the officers then searched the vehicle and also circulated its particulars to check if it was stolen.
“Upon its circulation, it reflected as a hijacking case in Loate (North West) that happened in September,” said Nkoadi.
While searching the property and house, police officers found a .38 firearm with live ammunition, 26 rounds of live ammunition for a 9mm pistol and three explosives – the type used in ATM bombings.
“We also recovered a police bulletproof vest. She could not account for any of the items found at her house and she was taken into custody.
“She is facing charges of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and possession of suspected stolen goods. She is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon,” said Nkoadi.
Police are now checking whether the constable had been involved in other crimes in Pretoria and will also check if she had been involved in ATM bombings.
“Investigations are ongoing to see if she is linked to any other crimes and to see if she was directly involved in the hijacking of the taxi,” said Nkoadi.
Tshwane metro police spokesman Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they were aware of her arrest and would undertake disciplinary measures against her.
The constable was the second Tshwane metro police officer to be arrested in less than a week.
On December 20, a senior metro police officer was arrested for allegedly pointing a firearm. The officer was relieved of his duties.