Cape Town – Six police officers from the Maitland Flying Squad in Cape Town have been arrested on corruption-related charges.
Reports said four constables and two sergeants aged between 31 and 42 were arrested by the Western Cape SAPS Anti-corruption Unit at work on Tuesday morning.
This followed a six-month investigation into the officer’s activities.
According to Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut, the suspects were accursed of corrupt activities, including instances where boxes of abalone were seized from suspects on several occasions without making arrests or handing in the abalone as exhibits, reported News24.
He said they harboured a corrupt relationship with criminals by escorting drugs with a police vehicle, adding that more arrests were imminent.
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“The investigation into the corrupt activities of the members is still under way, and as the matter unfolds, more charges could be brought against the members, who are now suspended from the police service,” the report quoted Traut as saying.
Western Cape provincial commissioner, Thembisile Patekile welcomed the arrests and warned that corrupt members masquerading as police officers would be brought to book to face the full might of the law, reported IOL.
The report said the accused were expected to appear in court this week.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe