PORT Alfred law enforcement was rocked on its heels last Friday evening when two detectives were arrested in a sting operation and charged with defeating the ends of justice and perjury.
After spending the weekend in custody, the detective constables, Luyanda Tambo, 34, and Abongile Gcaba, 29, appeared in the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court separately on Monday and faced prosecutor Paul Rossouw and magistrate Xolile Dlulisa, who released each man on R1 000 bail with the explicate conditions that they were not allowed to have any contact with certain members of the public as well as their own superintendent, Col Nancy Donkrag.
Each man was also warned not to interfere in the investigations against them and to appear back in court on July 13 for further investigation and for the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
According to the charge sheets, one of the detectives has been charged for allegedly giving false information regarding a drug case he was working on in return for a “financial favour”. The other detective allegedly sold a state firearm and then gave false information about it.
Gcaba is the son of retired cluster commander Col Vuyile Gcaba, himself a controversial figure having been identified as the owner of livestock kept at an old police station near the Kap River Nature Reserve.