The South African National Defence Force is currently investigating a 'rogue' solider who has managed to infiltrate their ranks. The fake soldier, who had been active on numerous bases for years, has now been arrested.
A fake solider has been arrested after attempting to join the infantry group that accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa during his inauguration.
Army intelligence services and the police have revealed that they have been investigating the possibility of 'ghost' soldiers for weeks now, but this has been kicked into high gear following this arrest.
The man had managed to impersonate a solider so well that he had been active on several army bases for years, reports News24.
A source close to the investigation questioned how many other fake soldiers there really were in South Africa, and what their objective truly is.
Two other suspects are now being sought by the police, who are trying to confirm if the ghost soldiers had intended to target high ranking politicians, like the president himself.
Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, spokesperson for the defence force, confirmed that a multi-agency investigation is underway:
“There are others who are still being investigated for their involvement in a broader plan, but we cannot reveal further information at this point. Any further information we release at this point could compromise the investigation.”
Thapelo Mokgosi, the 29-year-old who was arrested attempting to infiltrate the inauguration ceremony, has reportedly made investigators nervous.
Mokgosi regularly sent his family photos of himself in uniform, often 'on duty' with other soldiers at various military bases.
Mokgosi's brother claims that he had left the house on a daily basis in uniform, often disappearing for long periods of time.
Bank statements revealed that he did not receive a salary for his efforts, calling into question his motive for his actions.
Captain Shane Southgate, the commander of the unit who had appeared during the inauguration, has also been arrested after allegedly ordering a clerk to clear the fake soldier for the ceremony.
While the defence force was vague as to the charges placed against him, his defence lawyer confirmed that his arrest was related to a threat to national security and fraud.
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