BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about Hawks’ arrest of corrupt officials for money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation arrested a police constable, a paramedic and a former SARS employee from Musina in Limpopo for the crimes.
SAPS related that Hawks and Crime Intelligence members arrested the suspects for being cahoots with cigarette smugglers in the Musina area.
As alleged, the suspects, aged between 35 and 43 accepted bribes from criminals and escorted their vehicles carrying illicit cigarettes using police marked vehicles and ambulances.
Thus, they ensured the suspects evaded arrest by other law enforcement agencies.
Hawks’ boss, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza reiterated that Hawks will do all it can to root out corruption in the SAPS and other government sector.
Confirming the arrests, he said: “we have been working on this operation for some time gathering intelligence against the suspects. We are the custodian of the law and order and we cannot afford to fail our people who rely on us for safety and security.
“There is no room for corruption in the SAPS or in government or private institution. We are continuing with this operation and I am sure we are still going to root out police officers and other officials with criminal mind-sets.”
The suspects will appear before the Musina Magistrate court tomorrow.
Last week, Constables Azwindini Ramphambani (35) Thina Makhokha (35) and Prince Netshiavha (36) from Musina and Muswodi SAPS were arrested for the same cases.
They were released on R2000 bail each. But, will also appear before the Musina Magistrate court on 29 Novemeber 2016.