The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded Pongola Detectives and the Provincial Tracking Team for their excellent work in arresting the two police officers accused of crime.
“Yesterday the Provincial Tracking Team and Pongola Detectives arrested two police officers aged 35 and 44 at Pongola for a business robbery and kidnapping.
It is alleged that on 7 December 2014 the victims were accosted by a group of men while they were performing guard duties at a shop.
The suspects forced the victims into a taxi and drove off with them. They tied the them with cable ties and left them in a sugar cane field before returning to the shop.”
“We have previously stated that we will not tolerate criminals within the police and we have clearly demonstrated that we are equipped to arrest our own members when they do wrong.
This latest arrests are once again a clear indication that we are doing everything that is within our control to rid this organisation of criminal elements.
Police officers of this calibre have no place in the SAPS. We once again condemn criminal conduct by police members in the gest of terms,” she said.
It is alleged that the suspects tried to break the safe in the shop but failed. They stole five radios and cigarettes before fleeing.
A case of business robbery was reported at the Pongola Police Station for investigation and on 14 December 2014 two suspects aged 44 and 45 were arrested by Detectives.
The first two suspects appeared at the Pongola Magistrates Court on 15 December 2014 and were remanded into custody until 19 February 2015.
Warrants of arrest where then obtained when it was discovered that the two police officers were part of the group that robbed the store.
The two police officers will also be charged for business robbery and kidnapping and will appear at Pongola Magistrates Court tomorrow. More arrests can be expected as the investigation progresses.
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Media Statement from KwaZulu Natal Media Centre
Source : South African Police Service