Two police officers aged 34 and 42 from Soweto Flying Squad were arrested for corruption and extortion in Soweto on Monday, 9 September 2019. The police officers are expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in due course.
A victim from Soweto was allegedly driving along Klip Valley Road on 8 September 2019, when he was approached by two police officers who were driving a police vehicle. They told him that the vehicle he was travelling in was stolen and demanded to take it to a police pound.
The police officers then allegedly demanded an amount of R10 000-00 and the victim arranged R5 000-00 of which the remaining amount would be arranged at a later stage. The following day, the officers called the victim demanding the balance.
The victim then reported the matter to the SAPS Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit who immediately operationalised the information and put together a sum of money to be handed over to the suspects.
The duo was arrested during the hand-over and have subsequently been detained for corruption and extortion.
Management of police in the Province commended the arrest which will send a strong message to other police officers who think of committing similar offences.
Members of the public are advised that the police would never ask for a payment in return for an impounded or a stolen vehicle. It is against the law.
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