Law enforcement officers who were on duty arrested four police officers from Limpopo.
According to IOL, they were arrested for robbing three foreign nationals.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a spokesman for the Limpopo Police, stated that a common robbery occurred last week.
The incident happened in the Sekhukhune District’s Motetema policing region.
“On Wednesday, 8 March 2023, the four suspects (the police officers) were on duty. They were using a marked police minibus when they reportedly spotted three men withdrawing money from the ATM at the mall in Groblersdal,” Mojapelo narrated.
News Oclock reported that the police officers suspected the men at the ATM to be foreign nationals, and they confronted them.
They demanded passports from the trio.
Police officers commit a robbery
“The members (officers) allegedly approached them and demanded passports. They thereafter arrested them when they failed to produce passports and put them into their motor vehicle,” Mojapelo said.
“While driving along the road, the members allegedly stopped the minibus and forcefully took an amount of R5 000 from the complainant. The suspects gave them an amount of R60 to take a taxi ride home.”
Thereafter, the complainant in the matter managed to get assistance and immediately went to the Motetema police station to report the incident.
A task team was established to probe the incident and to locate the accused police officers.
“The matter was later handed over to the provincial anti-corruption team for further investigations. A warrant of arrest was subsequently issued against them,” Mojapelo said.
“A joint operation to execute the warrant was conducted and the four members were arrested while on duty.”
Provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest of the four police officers.
“The arrest of these members should send a clear message that the SAPS in this province does not tolerate any form of criminality, regardless of who is the perpetrator,” Hadebe said.
“The majority of police members in this province are loyal, dedicated, and passionate about their policing services, and decisive steps are taken against those who go astray.”
The four police officers were scheduled to appear before the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court.
They are facing charges of common robbery.