CentralSANW police officer fired after allegedly impregnating inmate
─── KEKELETSO MOSEBETSI 11:07 Wed, 15 Sep 2021
A Potchefstroom-based police officer in the North West has been fired after he allegedly impregnated an inmate.
The North West police spokesperson, Adéle Myburgh, said the dismissal of the officer on Tuesday 31 August 2021, follows a departmental trial in terms of the SAPS Discipline Regulations 2016, after he had allegedly impregnated an inmate who has since been sentenced to 30 years' jail time for murder.
Myburgh said the incident allegedly took place at the Stilfontein Police Station's holding cells in October 2020. She said the woman had been brought in from the Rooigrond Correctional Centre to the Stilfontein holding cells, ahead of her court appearance. According to Myburgh, she discovered that she was pregnant in March 2021 and Correctional Services reported the incident to the SAPS. She further said that no criminal case was lodged against the officer.
Meanwhile, the North West Provincial Police Commissioner, Sello Kwena, said unethical behaviour, leading to the disrepute of the South African Police Service, will not be tolerated.