Corrupt officers charged - out on bail

2016-09-27 06:00

TWO Hillcrest police officers, aged 31 and 42, were arrested in a sting operation on Friday. The operation took place after the officers arrested a man in connection with drunk driving earlier in the week.

According to Hillcrest SAPS acting station commander, Colonel G.D. Joseph, the members confiscated the man’s driver’s licence and refused to return it to him unless he gave them money.

“The man did not have cash on him, so the officers arranged to meet him outside the police station on Friday, and for a certain amount of money, they would return his driver’s licence.”

Joseph said the man informed SAPS about the incident and photocopied the money, R400.

“As the handover was about to take place the anti-corruption unit members stepped in and arrested the officers.” The duo are out on bail.

Ward 10 councillor Rick Crouch, who caught the entire sting operation on his dash cam, said he was in his car while the incident played out behind him.

“I noticed a policeman being held by his jacket by a man in civilian clothes. I thought these guys were holding up the cops as there was a cash- in-transit van parked at the entrance to a building opposite SAPS. That was just one of my suspicions until my initial thoughts were confirmed in comments on my Facebook post,” said Crouch.

“I commend the police for arresting the corrupt officers. We need more undercover operations such as this so corrupt officers are weeded out.”

In a separate sting operation earlier in the week Hillcrest police arrested two security officers in connection with the increase of crime in Waterfall and Crestholme areas.

Joseph confirmed the arrests and said that the security officers were found in possession of stolen items linked to house break-ins in the area.

He said the SAPS is following leads in the case and he cannot reveal any more information as this will jeopardise the case.

Anyone with information about the case are asked to contact Hillcrest SAPS on 031 765 9100. All information will be treated confidentially.

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