Two cops from Manenberg SAPS who tried to intercept a diamond deal and make off with the precious stones themselves have been sent to Pollsmoor Prison.
The two officers were arrested last week after they gave the smugglers a skrik using blue lights attached to their private vehicles and took the diamonds.
Lieutenant-Colonel Monwabisi Mqikela, 55, and Constable Siabulela Maswana, 33, appeared at Athlone Magistrates’ Court on Friday after being arrested with three other people on Wednesday.
Acting station commander, Colonel Sanele Zama, says the officers were on duty and left the station allegedly in their private vehicles which they had fitted with blue lights and gone to Montana.
The officers knew that some guy from Springbok was coming to try and sell uncut diamonds and so they intercepted the deal in Montana to try and steal the stones.
They allegedly kidnapped a man and woman involved in the deal.
The two cops appeared before Magistrate Keith Le Keur expecting to do a bail hearing but got a shock when they were told they had been charged with kidnapping, illegal possession of blue lights and bulletproof vests, possession of unpolished diamonds and defeating the ends of justice.
Their accomplice, Phumele Khumba, 27, was also charged of impersonating a police officer.
According to a police source the Lawyers representing the officers basically begged the Magistrate to send them to the holding cells at Manenberg but the courts refused and they were sent to the state hotel.
“That stones will also be sent for testing to confirm that it is diamonds,” the source added.
The case was postponed to 22 November for a formal bail hearing.