Six police officials from three different provinces have been arrested for various criminal activities
A 30 year old detective constable from Mthatha was arrested by the local Organised Crime Unit for the alleged murder of a 23 year old woman on new year’s eve last year.
It is alleged the constable was having an affair with the deceased mother, who after finding out about the affair informed her father.
The father confronted the wife who in turn informed the constable and an assassin was hire to eliminate the deceased. The 23 year old woman was shot and killed in the afternoon of the 31 December 2014.
On Friday the Organised Crime Unit team made a major breakthrough after they arrested the alleged hit man who spilled the beans on the alleged involvement of the constable.
During his arrest – the alleged assassin – police seized an unlicensed firearm and on further probing, he has been linked to another Ngqeleni murder last year. Police are now looking for the girlfriend who has since disappeared following news of the arrests.
In Durban, a 32 year old constable was also arrested following an attempt to extort money from a suspect to squash a 2008 murder case. It is alleged the member requested R5000.00 from the suspect.
A R3000 payment was made in early January this year. Oblivious of his under hand tactics, the constable was arrested on Friday after collecting the R2000 balance.
In Port Elizabeth a 45 year warrant officer was alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and allegedly caused an accident with a state vehicle while he was on duty.
The member allegedly attempted to flee the scene however was restrained by traffic officials until his arrest by police.
At the same time three North West police constables from Biesiesvlei aged 25 and 30 were arrested as well after they solicited a paltry R200 from a motorist who was transporting oranges.
The driver informed the police and were pointed out by the victim. All suspects will appear at different courts on Monday.
“We condemn any form of corruption and or improper acts that compromises the integrity and honour of wearing the police badge. I adjure all our members to remain steadfast to fight crime and continue to shun all those who conduct themselves improperly.
The SAPS has a zero-tolerance approach to indiscipline and corruption and we will not relent. Good men and women of this service, let us, with a harmonious voice, denounce corruption.” Acting DPCI Head Berning Ntlemeza declared.
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Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
Source : South African Police Service