Police Constable arrested for armed robbery, discharging firearm, Booysens Park

South African Police Service

Police Constable arrested for armed robbery, discharging firearm, Booysens Park
Police Constable arrested for armed robbery, discharging firearm, Booysens Park

Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Nomthetheleli Mene expressed her disappointment of police officers involved in criminal activities and condemned such behaviour with contempt.

This disdain follows the arrest of a 38-year-old police Constable allegedly involved in a robbery at Greenfields in Booysens Park.

It is alleged that on Sunday, 10 July 2022 at about 11:40, the complainant was at his residence at Mkayo Street when six male suspects arrived at his house. When he went outside, he was pointed with a firearm.

The complainant grabbed the person’s hand with the firearm and in the struggle a shot went off. The suspects took the complainant’s wallet containing his identity document, driver’s licence and bank cards. They drove off and the complainant heard more shots being fired.

No one was injured in the incident.

Swift investigation by SAPS Bethelsdorp detective officers resulted in the arrest of the Constable at his house in the same area. He was arrested and his state firearm was confiscated. He is detained on charges of attempted murder, robbery with a firearm and discharging a firearm in a built up area.

He was off duty at the time of the incident.

He is expected to appear in court during the week and once he is charged.

Lt Gen Mene added that there is no place for corrupt police officials in this organisation. “Corruption in any organisation erodes stability and trust and can tarnish the image of such organisation therefore every effort must be made to protect the image even if it means exposing those within its ranks. We have repeatedly reiterated that police officers are not above the law and we are determined to root out corruption and unethical behaviour wherever and whenever it manifests. These corrupt officers who choose to ignore the SAPS Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics will be arrested and brought to justice,” warned Lt Gen Mene.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service