A Durbanville police officer was arrested after he was found selling alcohol from an official police rental vehicle at a taxi rank on December 15.

“Three members of law enforcement received information from a member of the public of a person selling liquor from the back of a white VW Polo at the Durbanville taxi rank. The officers went there and saw the m/v parked in Wellington rd, next to the taxi rank,” journalist Julian Jansen posted on Facebook.

“When they approached the vehicle the people started to disperse but one c/m closed the boot and started to run away. The officers caught him and he refused to acknowledge that he is the owner/driver of the vehicle and said that the actual driver had run away. They saw he had a car key and when they took him back to the vehicle they locked open the boot with the key.”

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said that a number of various bottles of liquor was found in the boot of the car.  “When the officers returned they found there were various 750ml beer bottles (10 Castle Lager, 8 Lion Lager, 7 Hansa Pilsener, 10 Castle Milk Stout and 23 empty beer bottles). They also found R1 127 in his possession,” he said.  “The car he was selling booze from is an official police rental car.”

The suspect was arrested and SAPS spokesperson Brenda Muridili confirmed him as a member of SAPS in Durbanville. “The member was released on a warning to appear in court on Monday, 21 December,” she said according to Daily Voice.

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Anita Froneman