23 SAPS and Tshwane metro Officers arrested

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Tebogo Msimanga

Twelve (12) South African Police Service (SAPS) members aged between 30 and 51 years old were arrested on Friday.

Their arrest follows a three-year investigation by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation and Crime Intelligence on allegations of corruption related offences at the OR Tambo International Airport.  The arrested officers include two (2) Warrant Officers, six (6) Sergeants and four (4) Constables.  About R1 million in cash was allegedly seized from one of the suspects house.

Colonel Katlego Mogale said five members are still are outstanding, one is quarantine, three (3) are expected to hand themselves over soon whilst one is at large.  “They will be facing several charges ranging from theft, dealing in drugs, defeating the ends of justice and racketeering.”

These suspects are reported to have involved themselves in the stealing of drugs at OR Tambo International Airport during the confiscation from identified drug mules. They are expected to appear in the Kempton Park Regional Court on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Meanwhile, a further eleven (11) Tshwane Metropolitan Police officers aged between 32 and 49 years were also arrested on Friday  morning raid by the same team.

The arrests of one female and 10 males emanate from an ongoing investigation which began in November 2018, following allegations that the officials demanded and received bribes from motorists.

The traffic officers will appear on Tuesday at the Pretoria, Temba and Hammanskraal  Magistrate Courts.

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