Quick response by police officers led to the arrest of their own colleagues on 26 June 2019, at Mount Moriah in Phoenix. It is alleged that a tuck-shop owner was at her shop when she was approached at 21:00 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.
Whilst the suspects were busy searching the premises, the victim contacted local police, informing them about the search. While waiting for the police to arrive, she gave these suspects R500-00 in cash as she did not have the R1000-00 that was requested.
As the suspects left in their vehicle, police officers arrived and interviewed the victim.
Police officers chased the said vehicle and it was pulled over. The three occupants who introduced themselves as police officers were searched and cash was seized from their possession. All three suspects aged between 29 and 31, were arrested and charged with corruption. The vehicle used was a private vehicle belonging to one of the suspects.
All three suspects are police Constables stationed at the National Public Order Police Reserve who are based in Durban. The suspects were off-duty during the incident. All three suspects will appear in the Verulam Magistrates Court soon.
This arrest goes a long way in demonstrating that ordinary police officers will not tolerate acts of corruption even if it is their own colleagues who are accused. We once again appeal to the public to report corruption to their local police because we are not afraid to arrest one of our own.
We commend the victim in this case for her good judgment in calling the police to report these corrupt police officers who have no place in this organisation.
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