SIU investigating TMPD racket

A court heard that the SIU is probing a racket at the Tshwane Metro Police Department’s vehicle pound.

Kobus Louwrens testified that taxi owners were being charged towing fees without their vehicles being towed, which is against the law. Picture:Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

PRETORIA - The Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday heard that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is probing a racket believed to be operating at the Tshwane Metro Police Department's vehicle pound.

This emerged during the testimony of internal investigator Kobus Louwrens, who was arrested in 2011, while probing irregularities at the inner-city facility.

Louwrens was accused of interfering in police duties, but was never charged.

On Tuesday, he testified in the theft trial of Isaac Mahamba.

He is accused of stealing the investigator's memory stick.

Louwrens told the court that fellow officers arrested him when he investigated their conduct.

On the day of Louwrens' arrest, officers from the pound were clamping down on taxis in the Pretoria CBD.

He said taxi owners were charged towing fees, despite the fact that their vehicles were never towed.

Louwrens said his probe formed part of a bigger investigation into corruption.

The SIU was also involved in the probe.

The internal affairs officer declined to answer questions on his probe, saying investigations are still underway.