Couple arrested for impersonating police officers

2011-07-14 14:46

A couple was arrested in Germiston for impersonating police officers and for promising people employment in exchange for bribes, metro police said today.

The Germiston crime prevention task team were interrogating the woman after she was arrested on Tuesday, when her husband walked into the offices, said Ekurhuleni metro police department spokesman Wilfred Kgasago.

“The 44-year-old husband flashed a police appointment card and shouted at the police, ordering them to release his wife. He claimed to be a member of the very same Germiston crime prevention task team. His wife also swore at the officers before she slapped one of them with an open hand on the face.”

Kgasago said police arrested the husband yesterday after it was established that he once worked as a police reservist and he was actually impersonating a police officer when he flashed his appointment card to the officers.

“The man was fired for theft a few years ago, but it seemed he did not bring back his police appointment card,” said Kgasago.

The husband is expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrates Court on July 15.

The 39-year-old woman was a human resource department employee of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality.

Kgasago said: “She collected thousands of rands from people and promised to hire them for jobs when they were advertised. But at this stage we cannot reveal further details on this matter,” said Kgasago.

The woman was released on R2 000 bail by the Germiston Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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