A police group commander, who lied in court about a bribe he took, has been jailed for six years.
Shaun Davids held the rank of warrant officer at the Steenberg police station.
On Monday, he appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, before Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, who found him guilty of corruption, after he demanded R3 000 to release a convicted crayfish offender’s confiscated vehicle back to him.
Instead of paying the bribe, the offender reported Davids, and the Western Cape Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) set up an undercover operation to trap the cop.
The magistrate said corruption in the police reached epidemic proportions, and stiff sentences were the only way to deal with it and deter would-be offenders.
She said Davids had brought the police service into serious disrepute, and he’s an embarrassment not only to the service itself, but also to innocent, hard-working cops who faced the wrath of the public.
Davids said the suspect, a dangerous gangster, was desperate to get his vehicle back, and offered Davids the bribe — not vice versa.