- The South African Police Service has revealed criminals have been caught impersonating officials
- In one incident, suspects carried out a robbery while wearing police uniforms
- These acts of criminality were condemned in a statement noting the arrest of five citizens
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The South African Police Service has revealed that five citizens have been arrested for attempting to impersonate a police officer, soldier and emergency service employees.
In a statement issued on Monday, Captian Mavela Masondo revealed that one suspect had been nabbed in Heidelberg for attempting to impersonate a member of the SANDF
"A 25-year-old dreadlocked man was arrested in Heidelberg for impersonating a member of SANDF and possession of stolen property after he was found walking in the CBD wearing full SANDF uniform on Sunday, 26 April 2020. Members of the community found it unusual when they saw the dreadlock man in full army uniform walking along Voortrekker Street and they alerted the police. Upon interviewing the man, police established that he is not a member of SANDF. He was arrested and charged with impersonating a member of SANDF and possession of suspected stolen property."
In Johannesburg, a 40-year-old man was caught with illegal lights fitted to his vehicle, impersonating an emergency service employee
"In Johannesburg, again on Sunday, a 40-year-old man was arrested after he was found driving a vehicle fitted with red lights and siren. When stopped, the suspect could not produce proof that he is an emergency service employee. As police were searching the car, they found an unlicensed firearm with ammunition as well as traffic cones belonging to South African Police Service. He was arrested for impersonating an emergency service employee, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition and possession of suspected stolen property."
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A group of suspects were apprehended on Wednesday using police uniforms to carry out robberies
"In Tshwane, on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 a former reservist and two of her accomplices were arrested for impersonating police officers and common robbery. Police received information about two women who are wearing police uniform and a man who had just committed a common robbery. A lookout for the suspects was conducted. A vehicle matching the description given was spotted and stopped in Soshanguve. Upon questioning the occupants, it was established that one female is a former police reservist while the other female and male were just members of the community. Inside the vehicle there were police uniforms, unwritten police docket, trays of eggs and chickens. The suspects were charged with impersonating police officers, possession of suspected stolen property and common robbery."
Commenting on the arrests, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said
"It is a very serious offence to impersonate a law enforcement officer. These suspects deserve a hefty sentence that will send a strong message to other criminals who tarnish the names of the hard working law enforcers and emergency service employees."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the suspects will appear in magistrates’ courts in due course.
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