The arrest of three police constables for alleged corruption has gone a long way in demonstrating that acts of corruption within the SAPS will not at all be tolerated.
The constables, who are stationed at the National Public Order Police Reserve, will soon appear in the Verulam Magistrates Court after they were arrested in the Mount Moriah area in Phoenix, last Thursday.
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Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said, “We again appeal to the public to report corruption to their local police because we are not afraid to arrest one of our own.”
Prior to the arrests, he said that a tuck-shop owner was at her shop when she was approached by three men, who identified themselves as police officers.
“The suspects requested to search her tuck-shop and they allegedly demanded cash from her so that they will not arrest her,” added Lt Col Zwane.
While the suspects were searching the premises, the victim contacted local police, informing them of the search.
While waiting for the police to arrive, she gave the suspects R500 in cash as she did not have the R1000 that was initially requested.
“As the suspects left in their vehicle, police officers arrived and interviewed the victim,” explained Lt Col Zwane.
Police officers chased the said vehicle and it was pulled over.
The three occupants, who introduced themselves as police officers, were searched and found in possession of the cash.
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They were placed under arrest and charged accordingly. The constables were off-duty during the incident. Lt Col Zwane said the vehicle used was a private vehicle belonging to one of the suspects.
“We commend the victim in this case for her good judgement in calling the police to report the corrupt officers, who have no place in this organisation,” he concluded.
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