Suspect arrested for pretending to be a police officer

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of a 34-year-old-man for impersonating the police, at Jeppes Reef Border Gate, near Tonga, on 05 April 2022.

According to the report, police received information about a suspicious civilian man who was wearing some items of the SAPS uniform at Jeppes Reef border gate.

Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said further allegations indicated that the man was robbing people, demanding some items from his victims at the border, whilst pretending to be a police Sergeant. “These suspicious activities were then reported to the police by a concerned citizen and the police made a follow-up to the allegations”.

Mohlala said the suspect was eventually cornered and during his arrest, he was found wearing a police uniform with a female shirt, male trousers but without a belt, a cap, as well as ranks of a Sergeant and some brown shoes. “Upon arrival at Schoemansdal Police Station, one female police officer identified him as the one whom she once hired to install ceiling at her house between February and March 2022.”

The suspect, Nkosingiphile Siyalu Mancoba appeared before the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court in Tonga on Thursday,07 April 2022, facing charges of impersonating the police as well as theft. He is remanded in custody until 12 April 2022 for a formal bail application.

The police investigation is continuing in an effort to find out where he got the other items of the uniform.

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