Hlokomelo Mabogale |
Hawks arrested two suspects on the charges of corruption and impersonating the unit members in Marble Hall in Limpopo on Saturday.
The suspects aged 24 and 27, tried to knock off a complainant who is a director of a company that got a tender to supply Covid-19 personal protective equipment in Mpumalanga.
The provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said the director received a call from one suspect who introduced himself as a member of the Hawks stationed at Mpumalanga.
The suspect said he was investigating the complainant for corruption, however, for a docket to get squashed, the complainant would have to pay the suspects R500 000.
Matimba said “The matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation who acted swiftly and arrested two suspects immediately after receiving R20 000-00.
To verify the bogus Hawks’ employment with the unit, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are not members of the Hawks as they allegedly claimed. They were also found in possession of fraudulent documents with the Hawks logo.
The pair is set to appear in the Marble Hall Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 November 2020 .