JOHANNESBURG – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), popularly known as the Hawks, have made yet another breakthrough when they arrested a police Warrant Officer for corruption.
The Warrant Officer, who works in the Vehicle Identification Section (VIS) at Beit Bridge, was handling case in which the Gauteng-based suspect was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. The Warrant Officer allegedly demanded bribery money amounting to R10 000 so that he could swing the case in the suspect’s favour.
The suspect then reported the matter to the police, leading to the Hawks trapping the Warrant Officer. He was arrested during the transaction in Musina on Thursday with R10 000 in his possession.
Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe said the SAPS has a zero tolerance approach to all forms of corruption. Mpembe said it was disturbing and disheartening however declared that the majority of Limpopo officers do their jobs with diligence mindful of their call to aggressively fight crime.
“Incidents like these are not easy or pleasant for people in the business of law enforcement. Arresting fellow law enforcers is a heartbreaking thing, but it’s our duty to uphold the law. An officer who betrays his badge betrays any honourable officer as well as betraying the public,” Mpembe said.
The suspect will be kept in detention before appearing in the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The SAPS is determined to root out corrupt elements within its ranks.
– SAPS media release