A PRISON warder and a cop appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Friday.
The two were bust by the police gang task team after being accused of smuggling drugs and money to prisoners.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu told Daily Sun: “Warrant Officer Dawid Schoeman (48) and St Alban’s warder Ian van Rensburg (48) were arrested on Thursday. Cops were acting on information received from the community. It’s alleged the two were approached by the community to traffic drugs into the prison or holding cells at court.
“On Wednesday evening, Van Rensburg received drugs and money from a person to smuggle to an inmate in prison.
“The transaction took place at the warder’s house in Bethelsdorp.
“The following morning at about 8am, the warder was arrested at his house. He was detained on a charge of drug trafficking. Both accused have pleaded not guilty.”
Schoeman was arrested the same day.
“He was charged with drug trafficking and corruption. It’s alleged he accepted drugs and money from a person to give to an awaiting trial suspect in the holding cells. After completing the transaction, Schoeman was found in possession of drugs and money. He was released on bail of R300 while Van Rensburg was released on R500. The case was remanded to next month,” said Naidu.
She said the SAPS was committed to rooting out fraud and corruption by its members and urged the community to report such acts.
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