Some seven SAPS detectives were dragged to the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court for fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
From our gatherings, the SAPS detectives are from the Rabie Ridge and Benoni police stations.
And, their arrest follows an intelligence driven operation by Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team.
Disclosing that the seven SAPS detectives are involved in some R50,000 fraud, the South African Police Service (SAPS) related thus:
“It is alleged that suspects submitted fraudulent travelling claims trips to KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga respectively between March 2014 and March 2015. The state suffered a loss of an estimated R50 000 due to fraudulent claims processed.
The suspects with between eleven and thirty five years of service, Warrant Officer Ali Mohlala (55), Sergeant Johanna Msiza (41), Sergeant Boycot Zembe (37), Sergeant Gilbert Mohambi (36), Sergeant Nare Lephalale (37), Sergeant Marcus Malebe (37), and Sergeant Moteku Tlolane (40) appeared briefly before the Kempton Park Magistrates Court for fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
The eighth suspect fled on his private vehicle after noticing the Hawks’ vehicles approaching Tembisa South police station and the Hawks are hot on his heels.
The case against the seven was postponed to 13 March 2017 for further investigation. Suspects were all released on a warning with conditions that they must not interfere with state witnesses.”
Commenting, Hawks Provincial Head, Major General Prince Mokotedi condemned the criminal activities perpetrated by law enforcers wailing that it’s unacceptable.
“We are serious about uprooting corruption and all forms of criminality within our ranks as we are equally determined to strengthen integrity in the service,” said Major General Prince Mokotedi.
Meanwhile, BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that IPID is investigating the shooting of a police officer by another officer during a shoot-out with alleged robbers.
The shoot-out reportedly happened at a BP Garage opposite The Spar in Katlehong North.