A female police officer from Selosesha Public Order Policing and her civilian boyfriend found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
The couple was arrested for fraud in Thaba Nchu, Free State, after presenting a fake sick note to her employer.
According to police reports, the incident occurred on March 17, 2023, when the Constable submitted a fake doctor’s note claiming to be ill.
The note, apparently from a private practise where her partner works as a circumcision agent, was meant to excuse her absence from work.
Suspicions were raised, and an anti-corruption investigation was launched to investigate the authenticity of the sick note.
Sergeant Mahlomola Kareli, a police spokesperson, stated that the inquiry discovered the note was, in reality, a fake, and that the boyfriend had played a key role in its development.
“The 31-year-old constable and her 47-year-old boyfriend were subsequently apprehended on 27 July 2023 and brought before the Selosesha magistrate court to face charges of forgery and uttering.
“It was revealed during the court proceedings that the boyfriend had allegedly forged the doctor’s signature on the false sick note,” he said.
Both accused were given bail of R1 000 each, and the case was adjourned until August 14, 2023, to allow for additional investigation and evidence gathering.
The South African Police Service (Saps) has emphasised the significance of upholding a high level of professionalism and ethics among its ranks.
According to Kareli, incidents of police misconduct and criminal behaviour are handled extremely seriously, and authorities are dedicated to conducting comprehensive investigations and bringing those responsible to justice.
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