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A Chatsworth police colonel is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate after being accused by a suspected drug dealer of selling a police docket to him for R10 000.
The directorate confirmed on Friday that Colonel Bongani Biyela, the head of the detective service at the Chatsworth police station, was facing corruption charges after Strini Naidoo, a suspected whoonga/sugars dealer, was allegedly found in possession of a police docket earlier this month during a drug raid on his house.
Naidoo, 39, has appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice.
Police had received a tip-off that drugs were being sold at Naidoo’s house in Klaarwater Road, Shallcross.
The docket, registered to Chatsworth police station, was found during the search.
The docket contained a charge against Naidoo – of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which was reported earlier this month.
According to a policeman with knowledge of the case, Naidoo was evasive when asked about the docket. He then told the detectives that he paid Biyela R10 000 for the docket.
The police referred the matter to the directorate.
Directorate spokesman Moses Dlamini said the investigation was ongoing, and no arrests had been made.
Biyela was contacted for comment on Sunday, but said he was not allowed to talk to the media.
Another policeman said the allegations were a campaign to have Biyela ousted because he was fighting corruption and drug dealers.
“There are people within the police trying to remove him. It’s a plot. He would not take money.
When the time is right, he will speak out,” he said.
Police spokesman Jay Naicker said he could not respond because the matter was with the directorate.
Naicker said Biyela remained on active duty despite calls by drug activists for his suspension.
“They remain mere allegations made by a drug dealer, and we await the outcome of the investigation,” Naicker said.