TMPD to probe alleged use of Eskom-branded car

Police says they have already contacted the victim and urged him to lodge a formal complaint.

TMPD officers in an Eskom-branded van allegedly pulled a man over and held him at gunpoint while they searched his vehicle. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Tshwane Metro Police Department says it's investigating an incident in which its officers allegedly used Eskom branding on their vehicles to perform undercover operations.

Eyewitness News reported this morning how metro police in an Eskom-branded van allegedly pulled a man over and held him at gunpoint while they searched his vehicle.

The incident took place on Monday in the east of Pretoria when officers pulled a man over to search his vehicle for drugs.

The power utility says the officers were not authorised to use their logo.

The Tshwane Metro Police's Console Tleane says they have already contacted the victim and urged him to lodge a formal complaint.

"We are investigating the incident and the reasons why they would have used an unmarked vehicle without any branding, while allegedly using the branding of a state agency.

Tleane says the officers involved are being questioned and their policy doesn't allow their members to use other branded vehicles.

Eskom says it is in talks with the metro police to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Gugu Mnguni said after being held at gunpoint by the men who were driving an Eskom contractor's vehicle, he reported the matter to the Garsfontein police station.

"The station commander was shocked because he said they don't use the Eskom van, they use their own cars, meaning the branded police cars. They then traced the car and stated that it belongs to TMPD."

Mnguni said he was on his way to fetch his son from school when the white van blocked him on the road.

"I noticed there was an Eskom van and these two guys jumped out and pointed their guns at me. They demanded that I get out of the car."

He said he was searched at gunpoint, but the men failed to identify themselves before they left the scene.

"I was confused as to what was happening. Who are these guys? I thought I was being hijacked."

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said the TMPD does not have permission to use the utility's branding.

"We're currently addressing the matter with the City of Tshwane and hopefully this will be a nipped in the bud so that we don't have a recurrence of this."

Despite initially committing to commenting on the incident, the TMPD could not be reached last night despite numerous attempts.