Several police officers attached to the Pretoria Central station who allegedly preyed on foreign nationals were arrested by the Hawks and other law enforcement units on 1 June.
CORRUPT PRETORIA POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said a tip-off was received from Crime Intelligence about members from Pretoria Central that allegedly robbed foreign nationals on their way to the Home Affairs office in the city.
“Allegations further state that the members whilst on duty, would desert their post in their jurisdiction and surveil their targets from Brooklyn whereby they would pounce once the victims are within the Pretoria Central area,” said Mogale.
The rogue cops would allegedly stop their victims and search them before taking their belongings.
On Wednesday night, they were repeating their illegal activity but they were unaware that a multidisciplinary team consisting of Hawks Tactical Operations Management Section, Tshwane Metro Police, Pretoria Saturation Unit and Crime Intelligence had them under surveillance.
The Pretoria police officers robbed the victims near Fountains Circle and as they were about to leave the scene, the team pounced on them.
Four suspects were arrested at the scene and two others leapt from their vehicle and sprinted away on foot.
The arrested officers were taken back to the police station where one of them escaped as they were being led to the cells.
“The commander contacted the other two suspects who had fled but instead of arresting [them] on their arrival, he [confiscated] the alleged loot from them and returned with it into the station then fled,” said Mogale.
The suspects will face charges of robbery, possession of suspected stolen property and defeating the ends of justice when they appear in court.
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