Cape Town – Gauteng metro police have reportedly arrested three suspects for corruption and impersonating law enforcement officers on Wednesday.
The suspects aged between 34 and 45 were allegedly found in possession of Ekurhuleni metro police department (EMPD) uniform while one suspect, identified as a Zimbabwean national, was dressed in full EMPD uniform, metro police said.
According to Gauteng traffic police spokesperson, Sello Maremane, traffic police were conducting a routine roadside check when they noticed the suspicious bakkie along the R562 Road in Midrand.
“The officers interrogated the suspects and established that they were not officers and the suspects offered to bribe the officers with R20,000 to avoid arrest,” said Maremane.
The members of Gauteng Traffic Police attached to the Central Corridor arrested three male suspects aged 34, 41 & 45 respectively along the R562 Road in Midrand this morning after being found impersonating themselves as Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) officers. pic.twitter.com/P3WYQMPNyo
— GP Department of Community Safety (@GP_CommSafety) October 26, 2022
Traffic police recovered EMPD uniforms – including reflective jackets, EMPD boots, signal jammers, cellphones, and a replica 9mm firearm.
The vehicle was impounded and the suspects were detained at Midrand police station.
They will appear at the Midrand magistrate’s court on Thursday morning to face charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, corruption, and possession of a signal jammer.
Last week, police were investigating following complaints about criminals reportedly posing as Tshwane metro police department (TMPD) officials targeting motorists in Centurion, Pretoria.
The criminals dressed in TMPD uniforms drive vehicles with blue lights, targetting motorists in Centurion at the R511 from Diepsloot leading to Hartbeespoort, a statement by Tshwane Metro Police Communication Unit said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe