Investigate abandoned evidence and dockets in Middelburg: DA

Anthony Benadie MPL

Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga provincial police commissioner Lt Gen Thulani Ntobela must immediately launch a full-scale internal investigation into the discovery of a massive cache of evidence and investigation dockets in Middelburg, and suspend and/or criminally charge all those involved.

According to reports a host of dockets and evidence were left in the Fitnique building when the Serious Violent Crimes, Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units vacated it more than a year ago – some dated as far back as 2008.

Most of the hundreds of dockets left behind deal with armed robbery, rape and murder investigations, with sealed evidence bags containing evidence collected evidence from many crime scenes, among which soiled and bloodied underwear from rape investigations.

Click here to view the photo of evidence seen by the DA.

It is extremely disturbing that potentially hundreds of perpetrators of some of the most heinous crimes will escape justice, as evidence collected against them has not been kept secure, and been compromised.

Even more disturbing is that hundreds of victims and their loved ones will never see justice served, because certain police officials had no inclination to do what they were expected to do.

The DA believes that Lt Gen Ntobela should immediately suspend every investigator whose names appear on the discovered dockets, their immediate superiors, as well as the entire senior management structure that were stationed at the Fitnique building during the period that it was vacated, pending and internal investigation and disciplinary enquiry.

Every official found guilty must immediately be criminally charged with gross negligence, defeating the ends of justice and be summarily dismissed from the SAPS.

Victims of crime must see justice done, and deserve dedicated and committed police officials who share those values.