On Saturday 11 December Mr Mbulelo Hempe from Jeffreys Bay reported a case of armed robbery at the local Police Station. According to Hempe, he was on his way home on the Friday and was walking in Koraal Street after drawing more than R 6000 at the Post office when a red Nissan Bakkie then pulled up next to him.
There were three African Males in the Bakkie. They allegedly asked Hempe for directions and suddenly the passenger got out of the vehicle and knocked him over. A fight then broke out between the complainant and the three suspects, who then pointed a firearm at Hempe, took his money and drove away. The complainant reported the case at the Police Station the next day, despite being only a few blocks away from the Station.
Colonel Malibongwe Wilberford Ntsabo, the Station Commissioner felt uneasy about the case and contacted Hempe for a personal interview. During the interview Hempe contradicted himself often, which created a suspicion that he was not telling the truth. Colonel Ntsabo called in the investigating officer W/O Gerald Dobela and told him about the interview and his suspicions. Enquiry’s where done at the Post Office and it was ascertained that no money had been drawn by Hempe.
On 14 December 2010 after a thorough investigation a case of Perjury and Defeating the ends of Justice was opened against the complainant at SAPS Jeffreysbay. The 34 year old Mr Mbulelo Hempe was arrested and charged the same day.
W/O Els the communications officer from the Jeffreys Bay Police said that cases of Perjury will be investigated by the Police and sent for prosecution. Several cases of housebreaking reported to the Police in the past two weeks are also being regarded as suspicious by the investigating officers and no leniency will be displayed towards those lying to the Police in order to claim from insurance companies.