Three police officers arrested for stealing illicit cigarettes

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Three Police officers, Vusi Sepoto, (35), Mulase Jakonea Lamola,(37), and Malose Oscar Makhafola,(38) are expected to appear in the  Groblersdal Magistrate’s on 7 October for bail application. They were arrested on Friday 30 September 2022 on charges of corruption committed in the Zaaiplaas policing area outside Groblersdal in July.

The three constables stationed at the Zaaiplaas Police Station were arrested after they failed open a case and register illicit cigarettes that they confiscated at a local filling station on Tuesday 12 July 2022.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the police officers instead put the owner on the back of the police van, drove off with him and later dropped him in the bushes. “They then left with the 04 boxes of illicit cigarettes”.

Mojapelo added that the Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit arrested the suspects in Polokwane after investigations indicated that they never registered the case and the cigarettes.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrests and said “no mercy will be shown to SAPS members who act in a manner that is dishonest and tarnish the image of the organisation, and the same goes for members of the public”.

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