A police officer from the Northern Cape appeared in court for his alleged involvement in the theft of a state firearm in 2016 at Nababeep police station in the Northern Cape. The police officer in question appeared in the Springbok court facing charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice.
Prosecutors allege that Constable Kadri Cohen, 24 stole a firearm which was disposed of at the police station for safekeeping and sold it to a local gang, which was in turn sold it to a Cape town gang in exchange for drugs.
The prosecutors case read as follows,
A theft case was registered and investigated but failed to yield results. The matter was referred to the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation [unit] in May last year and it was established that Cohen allegedly stole the firearm in 2016 and gave it to a gang in Grabouw who then sold it to another gang in Cape Town in exchange for drugs. The firearm is yet to be recovered; however, investigations are still continuing.
In a bizzare twist, a News24 report on the matter says the accused officer was has been released with a warning although he is still expected to be back in court on 3 May.