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Beware of bogus cops
Stellenbosch Police Spokesperson, Captian Nathalie Martin, shows the front of her police identification card. See the box on this page on how to identify a policeman or woman. Photos: Elmarine Anthony

A man was robbed at gunpoint by bogus cops in the CBD in broad daylight on 25 January around 11:20.

According to Captain Nathalie Martin, Stellenbosch Police Spokesperson, the complainant was walking out of a shop at Eikestad Mall in Bird Street when an unknown male showed him a lot of money and gave him R20 to buy him (the suspect) a cooldrink.

“Then another unknown male appeared and told him to stand still, explained that he is a police officer and the man he spoke to was a suspect and he is now a witness. The complainant was instructed to hand over his bank-card and pin number. The complainant refused,” says Martin.

The suspect then told the complainant that he must accompany him to the police station.

Martin explains further: “The suspect contacted another male with a white bakkie who stopped and they all got into the bakkie. They drove with the complainant down Du Toit Street to a quiet street and demanded the complainant’s card, but he refused again. The suspects subsequently took out a firearm, pushed it against the victim and started assaulting and searching him.”

The victim was robbed of his cellphone and his wallet with some cash.

No one has been arrested yet and anyone with information is requested to contact Stellenbosch detectives on 021 809 9142/5.

“The public is warned about this type of modus operandi, where unknown males leave an amount of cash to draw people’s attention and make them out to be witnesses of this large amount of cash and then rob them of their own money or belongings. We also urge the public not to trust unknown persons who claim to be police officials but rather ask for a police identification card and phone the police station to verify the rank and surname before accompanying them to the police station.”

This is what the back of a police identification card looks like.

The station contact number is 021 809 5015.

In a separate but similar incident Martin says information was received of unknown males who identify themselves as Captain Mhlongo and Warrant Officer Kekana who allege they are from Stellenbosch police. They contacted a member of the public to inform him about a rape case that was opened against him.

“The man explained that he has no knowledge of a criminal case opened against him and visited Stellenbosch police station to verify the information and nothing was found against his name,” says Martin.

She states further: “The police would like to warn the public not to pay cash or do anything when they receive these types of phone calls but to first come and verify the information at the station, especially when they know they didn’t commit any crime.”

The police are investigating the case and anyone with information can contact the Stellenbosch detectives at 021 809 9142/5.

'Ask for identification'

If a member of the public is approached by someone claiming to be a police officer, the member of the public can request to see the person’s police identification card to confirm if they are indeed who they claim to be.

According to Captain Nathalie Martin, Stellenbosch Police Spokesperson, the front of the card contains the words “SA Police Service” at the top followed by an ID-photo of the officer next to the national police logo. At the bottom of the card is the officer’s initials and surname.

The back of the card contains the person’s “persal number” which is similar to a personnel number, as well as the officer’s ID number, rank, initials and surname. The card is also signed by the National Police Commissioner at the time of obtaining the card. Every time an officer moves up the rank, they have to update the ID-photo on the card.

“If someone approaches you and you are unsure if they are a police officer, phone the station and give the person’s initials, surname, persal number and rank and ask “does this person work there”? If you know the person personally, and know they are an officer at the station, then it is not necessary to call the station to confirm,” says Martin.

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