BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that ten police officers appeared before the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates Court today for corruption charges related to drug trafficking.
As gathered, the police officers were arrested following a long term multi-disciplinary investigation conducted in the Bergville area to curb the smuggling of dagga.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) related that during the investigation, the investigation team received information that police officers were also complicit in the drug smuggling and were aiding the smugglers in some cases.
“For the duration of the investigation, several members were observed during dagga smuggling operations in the Upper Tugela and Bergville areas.
Following an intensive investigation, the suspects were swiftly arrested yesterday by Provincial Detectives and other operational units.
These police officers who are aged between 30 and 55 were immediately served with notices informing them that they are suspended from the SAPS. All ten of these police officers were stationed at Upper Tugela, Ematsheni and Bergville SAPS,” narrated SAPS.
The ten police officers were released by the court on bail of R1000-00 each and their cases were remanded to 15 August 2016.
Speaking, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the arrest of the police officials.
Ngobeni said: “it is totally unacceptable to find police officers complicit in the trafficking of drugs.
These arrests once again demonstrate that the SAPS are willing to act on police officers that are accused of committing crimes. As the investigation progresses, we can expect more arrests,” she added.
Recently, SAPS nabbed two Nigerian nationals selling drugs to learners. The Nigerian citizens were dragged to Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court for possession of dagga and mandrax.
As alleged, the police in Potchefstroom received a tip-off about the Nigerian nationals selling dagga to learners.
With that, the crime fighter conducted a search at the vicinity. And, discovered dagga and mandrax with estimated street value of R5000.00.