OUR POLICE JOBS MADE US ADDICTS The Western Cape police have launched a high-level investigation into admissions by two provincial detectives that they are hooked on drugs because of their duties. High-ranking officers are investigating claims by the male detective-inspector and his fiancee, also a detective-inspector. Both are based at the organised crime unit, and were allegedly used as bait to "trap" drug dealers and gangsters. The male detective recently laid an abduction case against his unit head - a director. The Western Cape Independent Complaints Directorate confirmed that it is investigating a case against the director. The inspector claimed he was removed against his will from a drug rehabilitation clinic in Claremont in December, after threatening to spill the beans about his superior. The director and two colleagues allegedly took him to a safe house in Hermanus, and then to a city hospital to complete his rehab programme. But he feared for his life and after his fiancee visited him in the hospital, he bribed a nurse with R100 to allow him to escape from the hospital with his fiancee. The inspector started work at the unit again recently but he and his fiancee were informed last week by the director of a possible transfer to the uniformed branch. He was informed - by letter - that he might be transferred to the Parow charge office "for the enhancement of service delivery". His fiancee was informed that she could be on her way to the Kraaifontein charge office. The pair have complained of repeated victimisation by the director and senior colleagues. Western Cape police spokesman Superintendent Riaan Pool said: "In terms of labour legislation, a legal responsibility rests on the employer to take the necessary remedial steps and measures which will be in the best interest and welfare of a member. "These members themselves came forward with information that suggested they might have been contaminated or are in the process of contaminating themselves in a way that had or will definitely have a negative effect on their welfare." Pool said that on February 27, notices of possible transfers were served on the couple. This was one part of "an internal process initiated to support and rehabilitate the members".