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Rogue cop arrested for dealing in copper cables


Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)


PRETORIA - A Warrant Officer, Roger Mario Kivido (53), stationed at New Brighton police station as a court orderly was arrested on Friday, 22 January 2021 for allegedly dealing in copper cables.

The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team received a tipoff on 11 October 2020, regarding a police officer in full uniform, driving a marked police vehicle who was selling copper cables at a local scrapyard along Grahamstown Road, in Port Elizabeth.

Preliminary investigation was carried out at the scrapyard in a form of an enquiry. As a consequence of evidence gathered confirming the officer's illegal dealings a case was then registered at a local police station on Thursday, 21 January 2020 and a warrant for his arrest authorized by the local Magistrate was secured shortly afterwards.

Kivido made his court appearance in the New Law Magistrate's Court on Friday. The case has been remanded to Thursday, 28 January for a bail application, whilst Kivido remains in custody.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated case also on Friday, 22 January 2021.

A former administration clerk for Chris Bury Appliances, a Port Elizabeth based entity has been sentenced to effective seven (7) years imprisonment in the Commercial Crime Court for one (1) count of fraud and one (1) count of theft.

The Hawk's Serious Commercial Crime Investigation resulted in Rhonda Zeelie (37), being arrested on 17 May 2019 following a complaint by her then employer. The Investigation revealed that in her capacity as an administrator she stole about R470 000-00 from the beginning of 2016 to May 2018 by unlawfully transferring funds from the business bank account into her own. She then 'cooked the books' in a futile attempt to mask her dishonest transactions.

Following numerous court appearances and a trial, the court convicted Zeelie on 17 October 2019 which has now culminated in her sentencing on Friday, 22 January 2021.

The court has sentenced her on two counts, one of fraud and the other of theft. Count 1- 5 years imprisonment and Count 2 - 2 years imprisonment.


Captain Lloyd Ramovha