- Gauteng police have arrested members of the Mpumalanga flying squad after a tip-off at a road block
- The flying squad members had allegedly taken contraband substances and cash from a private vehicle
- The Gauteng police chased down and arrested the flying squad members
In a very strange incident on Friday night, Gauteng police officers manning a roadblock chased down and arrested 2 members of the Mpumalanga flying squad who were suspected of corruption.
The Gauteng and Mpumalanga provincial commissioners welcomed the arrest.
Brigadier Mathapelo Peters reported that a private vehicle was stopped at a roadblock and the occupants revealed that contraband substances were taken from them by members of the Mpumalanga flying squad.
“The team’s suspicions and subsequent search of the vehicle led to the occupants confessing that the dagga they had in their vehicle had been taken by SAPS members in a marked Mpumalanga (Secunda) SAPS Flying Squad vehicle,” Peters explained.
“These Flying Squad members had allegedly also demanded and taken a sum of money.”
Acting on the intelligence, the officers from the roadblock tracked down and arrested and were found to be in possession of cash and contraband.
“The two suspects are now facing a criminal charge, as well as departmental steps that have been sanctioned as a matter of urgency by Lieutenant General Zuma, the Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga,” Peters said.
“Reacting to this arrest, Generals Mawela and Zuma commended the Gauteng officers who have demonstrated high discipline by arresting their own, and aligned themselves with the SAPS anti-corruption strategy that seeks to root out corruption from within the ranks.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a 42-year-old Limpopo police constable evidently thought he would cash in on the flourishing black market trading in illegal cigarettes.
The cop and an accomplice were placed under arrest after being caught in possession of R100 000 in illicit cigarettes.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that The South African Police Service has released a statement confirming that two cops have been arrested after robbing a small store in the Northern Cape.
The pair were allegedly after cigarettes, a hot commodity amid the current ban, with an officer perpetrating the crime whilst still in uniform.
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