You have to give them some credit: at least they tried to make it look like they were doing their jobs right.
Two Cape Town police officers have appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court after allegedly replacing an escaped suspect with an innocent person.
Warrant Officer Ricardo Snyman and Sergeant Sibuyiselo Bentso, both from Maitland police station, appeared in court on Monday, facing charges of kidnapping, defeating the ends of justice and fraud.
The bizarre turn of events took place after a suspect was arrested for housebreaking and theft in the Maitland area on 29 May. At Maitland police station, officers realised the suspect was in need of medical attention and took him to Somerset Hospital in Sea Point for treatment.
“The 34-year-old constable was left at the hospital to guard the suspect. Whilst at the hospital, the suspect managed to escape,” said police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk.
“The constable informed the 44-year-old warrant officer of the escape on his return to the hospital. The members drove around the area looking for the suspect but could not trace him.”
Once they returned to Maitland, they allegedly found another person on the street whom they took to Maitland police station and detained in place of the suspect, said Van Wyk.
“They did not inform anyone of what had happened. It was only the next day, when the suspect was processed, that the detective realised that the person does not fit the description of the person who was originally arrested,” he said.
The matter was referred to the Anti-Corruption Unit for investigation.
It doesn’t really sound like corruption so much as a practical solution to a real world problem.
Just like “somebody gon has to feed deez keedz,” somebody is gonna have to pay for that crime.
Might as well be some random guy off the street.
The concept of only punishing criminals for crimes they committed instead of just punishing random people from the street for crimes other people committed is one deeply rooted in white supremacy, patriarchal colonialism, microaggressions, systemic racism, white privilege, white fragility, fascism, slavery, the Holocaust, the Crusades, American exceptionalism, the Civil War, the KKK, Donald Trump, Jim Crow, Hadrian the Great trying to ban circumcision, Charlottesville, Dylann Roof, the Catholic Church killing Indians, the January 6 insurrection, white nationalism, Tucker Carlson, Holocaust denial, the Confederate flag, restricting access to abortion, smallpox blankets, the trail of tears, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion forgery, Alex Jones, vaccine skepticism, Brexit, Russia, global warming, toxic fandom, Hungarian anti-pedophilia laws, the poll tax, Islamophobia, homophobia, pick-up artistry, stealing relics from Egypt, the East India Company, Pepe the Frog, dress codes at nightclubs, laws against shoplifting, gay conversion therapy, gamergate, 16th century Polish pogroms, and stereotypical tropes.
Still waiting for some black to tell me what part of his life improved after Apartheid ended