Port Elizabeth - A former member of the Port Elizabeth gang task team who kept mum on the whereabouts of a notorious gangster, also her then secret lover, has been issued with a warrant of arrest by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court.
This after she failed to pitch at court for pre-sentencing proceedings on Tuesday after being stung by a bee, according to her attorney.
Detective Constable Alicia Beeming was convicted on a charge of defeating the ends of justice after pleading guilty to the charge earlier in August.
It further emerged that she had had several excuses for failing to meet with her probation officer, one of which was that she had been bitten by a spider.
The court ordered a warrant of arrest to be authorised for Beeming.
Following her departmental hearing during November last year, Beeming was sent back to her station of origin at the Motherwell police station where she works within the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit. Police had earlier confirmed that Beeming had been found guilty and had to pay a fine of R2,400.
Beeming was given a sanction of dismissal which was suspended for six months on condition that she is not guilty of similar misconduct.
According to the State, Beeming kept silent about her relationship with a high-ranking gang member Hans Jordaan, all the while she was an active specialist investigator probing gang activity in Port Elizabeth's northern areas.
Beeming would attend meetings held by the commander of the unit, Captain Mike Grobler, during which gangs, gang activity and wanted suspects were identified and discussed.
Beeming had access to both covert and overt intelligence, as well as case dockets investigated by the Gang Task Team unit, all privileged information.
According to the State, Beeming had information on the whereabouts of Jordaan, but kept mum about it while her unit was searching for him in connection with an attempted murder charge related to a gang shooting in 2014.
In addition, Beeming had a relationship with Jordaan whilst fully knowing that he was a suspect the Gang Task Team wanted to arrest.
Beeming further failed to inform her commander, Grobler, about their relationship. Beeming was stationed at the Humewood police station detective branch before being transferred to the SA Police Service gang task team during April 2014.