Joburg raids: 7 cops nabbed trying to sell confiscated goods

Joburg raids: 7 cops nabbed trying to sell confiscated goods

Seven police officers have made headlines across the nation after attempting to resell confiscated goods. The items had been seized during yesterday's Okae Molao raid in Joburg Central yesterday.

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Gauteng police had to arrest seven of their own members for corruption and defeating the ends of justice yesterday.

The shady officers had been caught allegedly trying to sell items they had confiscated from illegal traders during a raid on Johannesburg's CBD.

Brig Mathapelo Peters, spokesperson for the police, revealed that a warrant officer along with four constables were nabbed after trying to sell the confiscated goods:

“In the second incident, two members from the Tactical Response Team were arrested after police investigated a possible leak of information about the planned operation in the Johannesburg CBD. The two were linked through investigation and on an eye witness account."

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The spokesperson said that over 500 undocumented foreign nationals had been taken in for processing, with the Department of Home Affairs set to determine their status in South Africa, reports The Sowetan.

Large amounts of counterfeit goods along with illegal firearms were taken in the raids, with the total value of the items yet to be announced.

Provincial Commissioner Leitenant-General Elias Mawela is hopeful that the arrests of the dodgy officers will spark hope in citizens:

"We certainly hope that the arrest of seven of our own will prove to the people of Gauteng that we are serious about eradicating crime, even if it means arresting our own. No one is above the law."

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