It’s been reported that a police officer was arrested alongside three armed robbers.
According to the reports, SAPS was responding to an armed robbery operation at a liquor shop in Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town, when they nabbed the suspects.
Confirming this, Western Cape police related that the Gordon’s Bay police were alerted by a panic alarm activated at the liquor shop.
When the SAPS members arrived the robbery venue, they discovered a warrant officer in his police attire with three civilians.
The owner of the liquor shop reportedly identified four of the men as the entities attempting to rob him. The SAPS members then, confiscated the policeman’s firearm with another stolen firearm.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the warrant officer and his civilian buddies were arrested and detained to face charges of business robbery and possession of an illegal firearm.
The four suspects are expected to appear before the Strand Magistrate’s Court afterwards.
Speaking for the police, Lt-Col Andrè Traut warned that “no one is above the law. We will make every endeavor to root out criminal elements among our ranks,” Traut promised.
Meanwhile, ten police officers appeared before the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates Court for corruption charges related to drug trafficking.
The police officers were arrested after a long-term multi-disciplinary investigation conducted in the Bergville area to curb the smuggling of dagga.
During the investigation, the team uncovered that police officers were also complicit in the drug smuggling and were aiding the smugglers in some cases.
As such, several members were observed during dagga smuggling operations. The police officers involved were subsequently identified. They were then, arrested and served with notices informing them that they are suspended from the SAPS.
Commenting, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni charged that it is totally unacceptable to find police officers complicit in the trafficking of drugs.
“These arrest,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, “once again demonstrate that the SAPS are willing to act on police officers that are accused of committing crimes.”