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Corrupt police officers locked up for trafficking, extortion

Ten Bangladeshi nationals were kidnapped and a drug dealer reported two officers for trying to extort him.

National police commissioner Khehla Sitole has released a statement detailing the arrest of various police officers. Five officers were arrested for their involvement in two separate cases, the one involving human trafficking and kidnapping charges and the other extortion.

According to the statement, four Silverton Flying Squad constables have been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping of ten Bangladeshi nationals who were reportedly smuggled through Zimbabwe.

“SAPS National Crime Intelligence worked tirelessly with investigators on this case and identified four Silverton Flying Squad constables that are alleged to have kidnapped the victims. A warrant for the arrest of each of the suspects was obtained earlier this week,” the statement says.

According to the statement, three of the four officers have been arrested, with one not having reported for duty yet but Sitole promising his “arrest will be effected soon”.

The statement continues to say that two Mamelodi officers were also arrested last night on allegations of extortion.

“A man, allegedly a drug dealer, contacted the SAPS Anti-Corruption Unit and informed them that police members are demanding money from him,” the statement alleges.

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The two members were reportedly arrested last night and the extortion money was recovered from them.

Sitole expressed his disappointment about the illegal activities the officers have been implicated in.

“It is disheartening when members who are entrusted with the safety of law-abiding citizens are seen to be committing crimes themselves.

“While we allow for justice to take its course, the arrest of these members should serve as a warning to other law enforcement officials that criminality within our ranks will not be tolerated,” he added.

The officers are currently in police custody with their trial dates not yet set.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)

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