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  • Two Hawks officers and a traditional healer in court for illegal guns

    Two Hawks officers and a traditional healer in court for illegal guns

    Two Hawks officers are expected to appear before the Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court, while a traditional healer will appear in the Pretoria North Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

    OPERATION LEADS TO OFFICERS, TRADITIONAL HEALER’S ARREST

    According to police information, two National Headquarters Hawks officers, a Lieutenant Colonel and a Captain working at Supply Chain Management were arrested on Friday 27 May.

    They were arrested by the Hawks’ National Priority Violent Crimes and Tactical Operations Management Section. 

    “Information about a Lieutenant Colonel who intended to supply SAPS ammunition to a traditional healer was received, culminating in a sting operation. 

    “The female traditional healer (43) was subsequently arrested at her place of residence in Soshanguve on 27 May 2022 after the exchange was made,”

    said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Thandi Mbambo.

    The traditional healer was then charged with illegal possession of ammunition and possession of the suspected stolen property following the seizure of other items suspected to belong to the state. 

    Mbambo said further investigation led to the arrest of a female Lieutenant Colonel who was charged with theft and dealing in ammunition. In the meantime, a female Captain was arrested and charged with defeating the ends of justice after it was discovered that she tried to conceal evidence in this matter.

    The Hawks’ National Head,  Lieutenant General (Dr/Adv) Godfrey Lebeya expressed his disenchantment with the alleged involvement of officers from the Directorate in criminal activities. 

    “We expect all our members to be beyond reproach and will ensure that the alleged culprits face the full might of the law. We shall continue to act without fear or favour regardless of the status of those who transgress the law,”

    said Lieutenant General Lebeya.

    MAN ARRESTED FOR PRETENDING TO A BE HAWKS BRIGADIER

    Meanwhile, the case against Andre Theron is set to resume in court for his formal bail application.

    A former police officer was arrested in Bloemfontein for pretending to be a Brigadier at the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit.

    The 52-year-old man, Andre Theron, appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of fraud and impersonation of a police official.

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