Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a police reservist and three community patrollers have been arrested for extortion and kidnapping.
The crime fighters stationed at Pretoria Central were arrested today in connection with alleged kidnapping and extortion after the complainant positively identified them.
SAPS relate that the 38-year-old complainant was approached by a female dressed in police uniform and three African males dressed in private clothes on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at about 11:00.
The complainant was sitting inside his car at Pretorius and Lilian Ngoyi Street, next to McDonald in Pretoria when the suspects knocked on the window of his car and asked for his driver’s license.
After being told it was fake when he presented it, he was taken to Home Affairs to verify his passport permit. There, the suspects told him his passport was fraudulent.
But, the complainant insisted that his driver’s licence and passport are valid and authentic.
“They went into the complainant’s car and drove around Pretoria CBD with him, from 11h00 to 16h00, demanded R10 000.00 and threaten to arrest and deport him if he does not pay.
“At the end suspects demanded R3500.00 and went with the complainant to withdraw money from the ATM,” SAPS narrated.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the victim later reported the incident to the police. An investigation started and the Pretoria Central Detectives subsequently nabbed the suspects.
Confirming the arrest of the South African Police Service Reservist and Community Patrollers, Brigadier Rennet Pieterse the Pretoria Central Station Commander declared that it’s shameful for crime fighters to act like criminals.
“We will continue to arrest (and) act harshly against anyone found been involved in criminal activities, this will not be tolerated.
“Departmental discipline will be conducted and necessary measures will be taken to those who tarnish the name of our organisation,” stated Brigadier Pieterse.
Meanwhile, SAPS urged communities to report crimes committed by SAPS members and not to have fear in reporting police officers.
“We thank the complainant for reporting the incident and placing his trust in law abiding police officers,” SAPS said.
From our gatherings, the suspects aged between 25 and 32 years old will appear before Pretoria Magistrate Court tomorrow, 26 May 2017.
There, they will face charges of extortion and kidnapping. It is expected that more charges will be added as investigations are still ongoing.