This wouldn’t be the first time SAPS officers have been arrested as criminals. The South African Police Service has recently, been striving more to root out criminality within the police service. Not long past, SAPS encouraged anyone with information about crimes perpetrated by SAPS officers to call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline 0800 701 701 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
The police service said callers may remain anonymous and promised that all information will be treated with strict confidentiality.
5 Major Facts To Know While SAPS is hard at work to root out crime within its ranks, more SAPS officers are being caught committing serious crimes. reporters informed that 3 SAPS officers were arrested for being involved in a cell phone store robbery. Confirming this, the police service related that it’s suspected the officers were party to the foiled robbery. According to SAPS, it was a joint intelligence-driven operation that led to the arrests of the SAPS officers. In all, the operation apprehended eight suspects prior to the commission of the crime.
The plan was to rob a cell phone store at the Fourways Mall in the north of Johannesburg. “On Thursday 28 September 2017, security officers at the said mall spotted and apprehended one suspect. Members of the Gauteng Provincial Trio Task Team then followed the other suspects who were driving in three vehicles, a BMW, Hyundai and a Polo. “Four suspects were arrested after the police members stopped and searched the vehicles on the N1, also recovering unlicensed firearms. Three further suspects, South African Police Service officers, have since been arrested on suspicion of having been party to the foiled robbery.
Police are investigating the circumstances around the three’s proximity to the incident,” related the police service. SAPS further related that more investigations are being done to establish if the suspects could be linked to other cellphone store robberies and crimes. Also, the investigations will find out if more officers and suspects are involved.
the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange said: “While the arrest of our own is a slap in the face of the Police Service, it is at the same time commendable that they were arrested by courageous officers who are committed to fighting crime, even if that means putting behind bars our own members.” All the suspects will soon appear in court for the crime on various charges.