Hawks arrest their own for theft

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Two Warrant Officers, Rapulane Levy Tlholoe (51) and Ndavheleseni Edward Musetha (53) attached to the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation appeared in  Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 13 April 2021 on charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice.

It is alleged that the duo was on duty in January this year when they attended a cash-in-transit crime scene in the Langlaagte area, Johannesburg for investigation.

Hawks’ spokesperson Katlego Mogale said the two officers allegedly placed the scattered cash inside four forensic seal bags to book them at the police station. On arrival, allegations are that the suspects only submitted two sealed forensic bags.

“Further investigation revealed that the suspects kept one torn sealed forensic bag with an undisclosed amount of money in their vehicle. More cash was discovered allegedly inside the cubbyhole and later placed into another sealed bag to be submitted as evidence, with one sealed bag missing”

Mogale added that warrants of arrest were issued for their apprehension and on Tuesday morning where they were successfully charged for theft and defeating the ends of justice.

The National Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya welcomed the arrest of the two warrant officers by Serious Corruption Investigation team based in the Vaal Rand.“Although it is a difficult and disheartening situation to arrest your own, it is also necessary to do so when members are involved in serious crime as the DPCI members are expected to display integrity beyond reproach” concluded Lebeya.

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