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Gauteng cops arrest Mpumalanga cops for corruption

Officers manning a roadblock on the East Rand chased after and arrested two Flying Squad members from Mpumalanga.

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In a bizarre turn of events on Friday night, police officers manning a roadblock near Devon in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, chased after a Flying Squad vehicle from Mpumalanga and arrested its occupants on suspicion of corruption.

In a joint statement released on Saturday, the provincial commissioners of both Gauteng and Mpumalanga welcomed the arrest of the two officers.

Dagga and cash allegedly taken by Flying Squad members

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, the officers from Devon stopped a stopped a private vehicle at a static roadblock on the R29 road that links Devon with Springs.

“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.”

Officers from roadblock then chased and detained colleagues

On realising that the mentioned Flying Squad vehicle had previously passed through their roadblock, the Devon-based officers gave chase and cornered their Mpumalanga counterparts at a road intersection in Springs.

The two occupants were found in possession of dagga and cash, and arrested on the spot.

Arrested cops facing criminal charges and departmental steps

“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.”

More than 300 officers have been arrested for offences

According to a report published by the African News Agency (ANA) on 3 July, Police Minister Bheki Cele’s spokesperson confirmed that 316 police officers had been arrested for various “COVID-19-related offences”.

ANA’s enquiry to the police minister followed the appearance before the Germiston Magistrate’s Court of four police officers from the East Rand and West Rand on charges of corruption.

They are alleged to have searched a house in Alberton, south of Johannesburg, and then demanded an amount of R200 000 from the occupant to avoid being arrested.