2 men arrested pretending to be Hawks trying to scam a business owner

2 men arrested pretending to be Hawks trying to scam a business owner

- Two men have been arrested by the Hawks for allegedly impersonating police officers and corruption

- The men had allegedly approached a businessman pretending to be members of the Hawks

- They had demanded R50 000 to squash a non-existent corruption case against him

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The Hawks have arrested two men accusing them of impersonating the crime-fighting unit and for trying to scam businessmen for R50 000.

Hawks swooped down on two men aged 24 and 27 who had allegedly approached a Limpopo businessman who had received a tender to supply Covid-19 personal protection equipment (PPE).

According to the business owner, one of the men contacted him alleging to be a member of the Hawks and said that a case of corruption had been opened up against him.

Briefly.co.za learned that the man then demanded R50 000 in order to squash the case. The business owner reported the incident to the real Hawks who opened an investigation.

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After receiving R20 000 the two men were immediately arrested. The Hawks have determined that the two men are not members of the crime-fighting unit and found them in possession of fake documents with the Hawks logo on them.

Both men will appear in court on Monday, 23 November on charges of corruption and impersonating police officers.

Two men arrested pretending to be Hawks trying to scam a business owner.
The two men will appear in court on charges of impersonating a police officer and corruption. Photo credit: Facebook/South African Police Service
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that controversial religious leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri have reportedly been released from police custody in Malawi. The fugitive couple handed themselves over to authorities in their home country on Wednesday.

The Bushiris reportedly also applied for bail at the Lilongwe Magistrate's Court in Malawi. According to a Facebook post by the self-proclaimed prophet, the magistrate ordered that the couple should be released unconditionally as their arrest had been 'illegal'.

Bushiri's post continued on to say that the magistrate also ruled that whenever there is a case against the couple, they should appear before the court after being summoned and not by arrest.

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In other news, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has finally broken his silence on the Bushiri debacle that has been dragging out in South Africa over the last couple of months. According to reports, Ramaphosa has referred to the Bushiri's ever-growing media coverage as "concerning."

"The Bushiri matter has been very concerning to all of us. I'm waiting for a detailed report on the whole Bushiri saga, which I will get, and we will then see what action needs to be taken," said Ramaphosa.

Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have been under the watchful eyes of dozens of media publications ever since the news that they had managed to defraud some of the congregation members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church of hundreds and thousands of rands.

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Source: Briefly News

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