Four traffic police impersonators will appear in Pretoria Magistrates Court on Monday to face charges relating to armed robbery, kidnapping and being in possession of an illegal firearm.
The Gauteng Traffic Police Public Transport arrested the suspects on Friday, 27 November 2020 after receiving a complaint from the members of the public in Olievenhoutbosch. They were stopping vehicles and demanding cash from motorists along the R55 Road.
The Gauteng Traffic Police Public Transport Intervention officers strategically positioned themselves in order to monitor the reported vehicle.
Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson Sello Maremane said a vehicle owner was stopped by ZMTA officials demanding a payment of R6000.00 . The vehicle owner was escorted to a nearby bank where he was forced to withdraw cash amounting to R2000.00.
“The Gauteng Traffic Police officers immediately pounced on the suspects and detained them at Olievenhoutbosch police station. The Gauteng Traffic Police recovered an illegal firearm and the money solicited from motorists.” Explained Maremane.
The Gauteng Traffic Police are urging motorists to report any suspicious criminals on the roads.