Lentswe, Klerksdorp - The North West Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit (ACIU) arrested five police officers in Khuma, Klerksdorp and Vryburg on separate charges of corruption on Thursday 11 July.
According to the provincial police spokesperson, Brig Sabata Mokgwabone, a 52-year-old Warrant Officer attached to Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit (VCIU) was arrested after he solicited R3 000 from the owner of a vehicle that was seized in January for enquiry to release the vehicle. After R800 was paid, the matter was reported to the police for investigation.
The police officer briefly appeared in Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court where he was granted R2000 bail. The case was postponed until 15 August.
n In a separate case, two Constables stationed at Khuma police station were arrested the same day amid allegations that they took R1 500 from a motorist in January this year.
“According to information available at this stage, a motorist knocked down a pedestrian in January 2019. He did not reported the matter to the police because he thought the pedestrian was not injured.
“The pedestrian, however, did suffer some injuries and reported the incident to the police. The Constables traced and found the motorist in Khuma and demanded R2 000 from him to keep them from arresting him and seizing his vehicle. In order to avoid the arrest, the motorist gave them R1500,” Mokgwabone said. The cops, aged 43 and 52, were each granted R500 bail in Stilfontein Magistrates Court. The case was postponed until 24 July.
n And in the third case of corruption, two members aged 39 and 49 working at Vryburg police station were also arrested. The suspects briefly appeared in the Atamelang Magistrates’ Court where they were granted R2 000 bail each. “Their apprehension followed an investigation into allegations that they demanded and took R600 and R700 from tuckshop owners in Madibogo village in October 2018. It is alleged that the pair conducted inspections for expired goods at two tuck-shops in the village.
Although they did not find expired goods on the shelves, the suspects; a Warrant Officer and Reserve Constable demanded payments from the tuck-shop owners on condition that they will not be arrested,” Mokgwabone said.
Departmental investigations have been instituted against all the members in terms of South African Police Service (SAPS) Discipline Regulations, 2016.