The Eastern Cape Anti-Corruption Team in joint collaboration with Crime Intelligence and Tactical Response Team conducted a pre-dawn operation takedown on Thursday, 13 May 2021 which resulted to the arrest of three members of the community including a police officer for dealing in Dagga at Makhwaleni Locality in Lusikisiki.
The arrests followed after the Anti-Corruption Team received information about drug activities of the arrested suspects in the area. Subsequently, an operation was conducted in the early hours of the morning and the suspects were found and arrested in their homes.
According to the information, the suspects who transported dagga between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, including KwaZulu Natal Provinces, had been paying the police officer to escort them out of Lusikisiki to evade arrest by the police and doing so whilst using a state vehicle.
It is also alleged that when dealers had buyers in the area, they would call the police who got paid for escort services rendered.
In some instances, the police officer would confiscate dagga from the general members of the public and in turn sell the same to dagga dealers for profit. Police are still looking for the fourth female suspect who is believed to be on the run.
During the operation, a bulk of dagga and dagga seeds were confiscated. The value of the confiscated dagga is estimated at R130 000. 00.
Speaking after the arrests, the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga appreciated the work of the Anti-Corruption Team and further vowed to rid the SAPS of corrupt elements within its ranks. “SAPS is an Organisation of Professionals. Those who associate with and engage in corrupt activities do not belong to the police, the law must flush them out of the system.”
The arrested suspects aged between 37 and 48 years will appear in Lusikisiki Magistrate Court on Friday, the 14th May 2021 on charges relating to corruption, extortion, possession and dealing in dagga.