Cop, dangerous inmate caught bumping uglies
A POLICE constable in KwaZulu-Natal is being investigated for having sex with a dangerous awaiting-trial prisoner.
The two were allegedly caught partially naked in the Scottburgh police station's holding cell by station commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel Praga Naicker during a surprise inspection late on Monday night.
Police this week confirmed that Constable Snowy Sybil Cele (34) was arrested.
Her colleague, Constable Sekokela Nzama (28), who was on duty at the time of the incident and allegedly allowed Cele into the cell, was also detained.
The two constables appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, charged with defeating the ends of justice, and were released on R3000 bail each.
The case was postponed to June 28 for the police to complete their investigation.
Though reluctant to discuss the case, provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that Cele and the awaiting trial prisoner, Sibusiso Ndaba (33) - a cash-in-transit heist suspect - were discovered in the cell.
When Sunday World visited the station, 58km south of Durban, on Friday, officers on duty declined to comment and referred all questions to the station commissioner.
Naicker, who was also tight-lipped about the incident, said the case was "high priority".
He said that provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni had demanded that the investigation be given precedence over other cases.
"She views this matter in a very serious light," said Naicker.
According to the police docket and several officers, Cele, who was off duty, arrived at the station on Monday night and asked her colleague to allow her to see Ndaba, who was arrested in December 2010 and is awaiting trial in Umzinto Correctional Prison, about 9km from Scottburgh.
Ndaba, who faces a number of charges, including robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, had appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates' Court on Monday and was scheduled to return to Umzinto prison the following day.
Cele declined to comment.
"No, not now!" she said.