- Six police officers from Pretoria have been arrested after allegedly stealing R30 000 from a motorist
- The citizen had been stopped during a roadblock operation in the area
- Corruption within the ranks of the South African Police Service has been rearing its ugly head as lockdown continues
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Six police officers, meant to serve and protect, have been busted for allegedly stealing instead.
In a statement issued by National Commissioner of SAPS General Khehla John Sitole, it was revealed that the officers from the Brooklyn and Silverton stations had allegedly stolen R30 000 from a motorist.
The victim had been stopped at a roadblock operation in the region amid the national lockdown when the incident had taken place.
The motorist had not possessed the needed permit to travel and the officers allegedly demanded a R100 bribe. After accepting the bribe, the police searched the vehicle and discovered the money. The funds were pocketed, leading to their eventual arrest.
“The money was allegedly stolen after the sedan was searched at the said roadblock. All six members were arrested after they were found in possession of the money and they are currently being detained at a local police station.”
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The officers have since been placed under arrest, the latest in a string of internal SAPS crimes. Sitole praised the majority of police officials who are upholding the law with 'hard work and zeal', but condemned the 'handful' of corrupt cops.
The statement revealed that 12 police officers have been arrested for various crimes, including violating lockdown regulations and engaging in criminal acts.
Briefly.co.za reported that Free State officials had been nabbed after being spotted drinking at a local tavern while on duty.
Sitole says it's disheartening to see members of his force being arrested during a time when they should be pillars of society:
“The arrest of our own is both disheartening and at the same time pleasing in a sense that it shows that the SAPS remains unbiased as wells that it has the capacity and the capability to decisively deal with criminality within its ranks.”
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