Rorisang Kgosana
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27 Jan 2015
3:33 pm

Metro police “rob” mother and kids

Rorisang Kgosana

Tshwane Metro police said claims that its officers robbed a woman and her two children in the west of Pretoria on Monday were being investigated.

Motorists who witnessed the alleged robbery captured images of the officers and their cars which circulated on social media. Pic: Facebook.

It was alleged one of the officers held a three-year-old girl at gunpoint as the family’s car was ransacked and valuables were stolen while eyewitnesses captured photos of the alleged robbery and shared them across social media, Rekord Moot reported.

“The matter is being investigated by the Tshwane Metro Police Department. No further statements can be made at this stage,” said police spokesperson Superintendent Kuki Tshabalala on Tuesday.

The Democratic Alliance’s Tshwane community safety spokesperson, Karen Meyer, said corruption in the Tshwane Metro Police Department was getting worse by the week.

“There are only two ways of ensuring that this kind of behaviour stops. The first is proper training and evaluation when officers are appointed, and the second is to act decisively against transgressors,” Meyer said.

An urgent investigation has been requested, Meyer said.

Earlier this month, four metro police officials were arrested after allegedly robbing a tuck shop in Soshanguve while on duty. It is alleged the four robbed the owner of the tuck shop of money and airtime.

In another incident, a video surfaced showing a group of about four bogus police officers attempting a hijacking in the Moraleta Park area of Pretoria last week.

Police later found bulletproof vests, reflective jackets, a blue light and two R5 rifles in an abandoned vehicle believed to have been used in the attempted hijacking.

– Caxton News Service