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Police officers arrested for corruption in Mount Moriah

The suspects were off-duty during the incident and will appear in the Verulam Magistrate's Court soon.

THREE constables, stationed at the National Public Order Police Reserve in Durban, were arrested on Thursday last week for alleged corruption.

According to provincial SAPS spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane the officers allegedly demanded money from a tuck shop owner in Mount Moriah.

“It is alleged a tuck shop owner was at her shop when she was approached by three men who identified themselves as police officers. The suspects requested to search her shop and they allegedly demanded cash from her.

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“While the suspects were busy searching the premises, the victim contacted local police, informing them about the search. While waiting for the police to arrive, she gave these suspects R500 in cash as she did not have the R1 000 they had requested. As the suspects left in their vehicle, police officers arrived and interviewed the victim,” he explained.

The police chased after the suspects’ vehicle and caught up with them.

“All three suspects, aged between 29 and 31, were arrested and charged with corruption. The vehicle used was a private vehicle belonging to one of the suspects. The suspects were off-duty during the incident and will appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court soon.

“This arrest goes a long way in demonstrating that ordinary police officers will not tolerate acts of corruption even if it is their own colleagues who are accused. We once again appeal to the public to report corruption to their local police because we are not afraid to arrest one of our own,” he said.

 

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