PORT ELIZABETH, October 31 – 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, is expected back in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for sentencing proceedings.
Following a guilty plea, Detective Constable Alicia Beeming was convicted in August for defeating the ends of justice.
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 spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu confirmed that Beeming had been found guilty and said she had to pay a fine of R2,400.
The charges she was convicted on relate to Beeming keeping mum about her relationship with a high-ranking gang member Hans Jordaan, all the while as 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, Colonel Mike Grobler, during which gangs, gang activities and wanted suspects were identified and discussed.
She 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, she had information on the whereabouts of Jordaan and 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.
Beeming had a relationship with Jordaan whilst fully knowing that he was a suspect the Gang Task Team wanted to arrest.
The prosecution said she had failed to inform her commander, Grobler, about the 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.
– African News Agency (ANA)