Residents in this corner of Cape Town are airing their grievances this week, after the work of a local ward councillor uncovered a trove of police dockets and official SAPS equipment in a trash pile at a local dumping site.
Police dockets found dumped in Steenberg
The crucial documents formed part of a major trash pile. Rape kits and signed affidavits were also discovered, leading to a furious response from the local community. The incident has been escalated to both IPID and the Western Cape Government, where an immediate response is expected from both entities.
Authorities are investigating the dumping of confidential police documents from the Steenberg Police Station in Cape Town.On Friday, a local ward councillor found rape kits, dockets and affidavits at a nearby dumping site
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Somewhat unbelievably, this isn’t the first time such a discovery has been made at this dumping ground. Councillor Marita Petersen says this is now the third occasion she has been alerted to these confidential items sitting on a public rubbish heap. Even small cases of dagga – possibly stored as evidence – have been unearthed.
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Reagen Allen is the new Community Safety Officer for the Western Cape. One of his first tasks in this role is to hold those responsible to account – and it looks as if the MEC is taking the complaints very seriously.
“I am deeply concerned because it’s not the first time that this particular occurrence happens in Steenberg. It’s the third time within a space of 40 days. Dockets are being discarded on a dumpsite close to the police station.“
“I want this investigation to be done as swiftly as possible… any such officer that is found to be corrupt or that has not followed the prescripts in terms of how to handle the evidence should be investigated and, once a conclusion has been reached, ultimately be dismissed.”