PRETORIA – The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the arrest of twelve (12) South African Police Service members aged between 30 and 51 years old on Friday.
Their arrest follows a three year investigation by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation and Crime Intelligence on allegations of corruption related offences at the OR Tambo International Airport.
The arrested officers include two (2) Warrant Officers, six (6) Sergeants and four (4) Constables.
About R1 million in cash was allegedly seized from one of the suspects’ house.
The other five members are still outstanding, one is in quarantine, three (3) are expected to hand themselves over soon whilst one is at large. They will be facing several charges ranging from theft, dealing in drugs, defeating the ends of justice and racketeering.
These suspects are reported to have involved themselves in the stealing of drugs at ORTIA during the confiscation from identified drug mules. So far a total of twenty (20) corruption case dockets have been registered to address the said criminal activities.
They are expected to appear in the Kempton Park Regional Court on Tuesday 11 August 2020.
Meanwhile, a further eleven (11) Tshwane Metropolitan Police officers aged between 32 and 49 years were also arrested in the early morning raid by the same team.
The arrests of one female and 10 males emanating from an ongoing investigation which began in November 2018 following allegations that the officials demanded and received gratifications from motorists thereby allowing un-roadworthy vehicles and those who commit serious motoring offences on our national roads to go unpunished. Such actions have created lawlessness in our roads, thus leading to road rage at times and serious accidents on our national roads.
The traffic officers will appear on Tuesday at the Pretoria, Temba and Hammanskraal Magistrate Courts.
The operation is still ongoing.
Source: South African Police Service