May 28, 2022

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Sting nets Cape Town top cop for escorting ‘agent’ transporting drugs

A top Cape Town police officer has been arrested in a clandestine operation for allegedly escorting a drug dealer who was actually a police intelligence agent.

The agent reportedly paid Lt. Col. Vincent Zaba R20,000 to do so safe passage of drugs during an undercover operation in October and November 2021.

Zaba, 54, is the acting commander of the Table Bay Harbor Police Station. He is also accused of selling 25 rounds of ammunition to the agent for R2,000.

Western Cape Police spokesman Col Andrè Traut said the anti-corruption unit found Zaba at work last Friday arrested. He appeared in Cape Town Magistrates Court the same day.

“The alleged offenses were committed in October and November last year when the officer was stationed at Cape Town Central Police Station,” Traut said.

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“Corruption in the SAPS will be eradicated with all our might and we will not harbor criminals in our ranks.”

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesman for the Western Cape Prosecutor’s Office, said Zaba was opposed to a R15,000 bail released.

Ntabazalila said Zaba faces three counts of corruption, three counts of contempt of justice and one charge of supplying ammunition to a person who is not allowed to possess them. The case has been adjourned to July 12.

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