Information from South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a 34 year-old Police Constable working at Van Rooyen Port of Entry in Wepener, and his 40 year-old accomplice from Lesotho were arrested after they were busted trading evil money.
The duo was arrested after Hawks swiftly acted on information about the Police Constable and his accomplice approaching SARS official to negotiate a bribe for the release of some goods worth R134, 000.
The goods were confiscated by SARS due to none compliance.
With the information Hawks received, a waylay investigation was initiated to intercept the R30 000 bribe transaction. That, led to the arrest of the suspects at the scene.
From our gatherings, the duo are now facing charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. They are expected to appear before the Wepener Magistrates Court on Monday, 6 February 2017.
Last week, BuzzSouthAfrica reported the arrest of six senior police officers for fraud, corruption and theft. The officers’ arrest follows the conclusion of a major investigation by the Hawks in Free State.
According to SAPS, the six senior police officers were arrested for fraudulent transactions they committed between April 2015 and September 2016.
The fraudulent transactions involved using personal particulars of other senior colleagues to submit fictitious application requesting cash advances and claims that varied from meals, accommodation costs and other assortment of claims. And, is worth a total of more than R5.2 million.
Meanwhile, the South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) has arrested the run away drug kingpin in Kempton Park who refused to hand himself in at the Hawks’ offices in Germiston as instructed by the authorities in December 2016.
The drug kingpin was asked to hand himself in after he was linked to a clandestine laboratory which was used to manufacture Crystal Meth in Pomona.
When police raided the premise, they seized drugs, chemicals and drug manufacturing equipment estimated to worth R3 million.
Also, Taiwanese nationals Chi-Yu Fan and Chi-Chin Fan, and Mozambican duo Orcidio Sitoe and Peters Ngwenya were arrested and charged with Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992. They are still in custody as their case was postponed to 10 February 2017 for further investigation.
After the drug kingpin, a 45-year-old Nigerian national failed to hand himself in with his legal representative, a warrant of arrest was issued by the Benoni Magistrates Court to get him answer his case.
As such, he was busted, arrested and charged with Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992. He made a brief appearance at the Benoni Magistrates Court yesterday, 03 February 2017.
Celebrating his arrest, Major General Prince Mokotedi, Head of Hawks in Gauteng praised the members responsible for the arrest of the drug kingpin.
“We shall continue to tear the strongholds of drug lords as we remain unambiguous in our fight against drugs from communities which is included on our mandate,” Mokotedi vowed.