Uitenhage police have arrested two men, including a Port Elizabeth police constable, after they allegedly robbed a foreigner of cash and car keys at the weekend.
The incident began at a petrol station in Caledon Street at about 11pm on Saturday.
Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said it was alleged that an off-duty policeman, who was driving a marked police vehicle, approached a foreign national at the petrol station and demanded to see his work permit.
When he failed to produce it, he was forced to collect the document from his home.
The constable, 32, was accompanied by a 25-year-old man.
Nkohli said on arrival at the victim’s home, the two men allegedly pointed a firearm at him.
“They searched him and [allegedly] stole cash and car keys, after which they fled in the police vehicle,” he said.
The man reported the matter at the Uitenhage police station.
Nkohli said the police vehicle was spotted in the Kamesh area.
The policeman, who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, and his passenger were arrested.
The victim’s stolen car keys were found in the suspects’ possession.
Nkohli said the arrested policeman was stationed at the Rapid Rail Police Unit in Port Elizabeth.
The two men are due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court today.
Eastern Cape provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga said it was disturbing and disheartening to receive news of a police member’s involvement in criminal activities.