Eight police officers bust for alleged corruption in KZN
TMG Digital | 2017-05-30 19:23:03.0
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The SAPS Special Task Force were called in to help arrest eight police officers at the Golela border near Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal who were allegedly taking bribes for the movement of cars and goods into neighbouring Swaziland.
Detectives‚ together with the Special Task Force‚ arrested the police officers‚ aged between 30 and 43 after an eight-month investigation
“Once enough evidence had been collected‚ the investigators applied for warrants of arrest which were granted and had to be executed‚” police said in a statement.
The arrests follow a visit by President Jacob Zuma to the uMhlabuyalingana municipality in March after complaints from local residents about criminal activity and cross-border hijackings.
The Sunday Times reported in December 2016 that corruption and bribery was rife in the area.
A police team headed to the Golela border on Tuesday and arrested four on-duty police officers.
Two other officers were off-duty at the police barracks when they were also arrested.
The last two police officers were arrested in Pongola. All of them will appear at the Pongola Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial police commissioner‚ Major General Bheki Langa‚ said: “Corruption within the ranks of the SAPS will not be tolerated. We have many thousands of fine upstanding police officers who will never accept criminal police officers in the SAPS.
“We were recently in the area with the State President where we confronted once again with similar concerns from the community. This is by no means our last such operation and corrupt police officers in the province must know that their days are numbered. We once again repeat our call to our communities to bring corrupt activities to our attention so that we can take action.”