Hawks arrest 5 cops in diamond bust

2011-12-30 22:06

Klerksdorp - The Hawks arrested five policemen this week when they allegedly demanded money from a Klerksdorp resident whom two other policemen and a civilian had asked to organise an illegal diamond sale.

North West police spokesperson Lesego Metsi said the five were caught in a trap when they arrived at a house in the suburb of Jouberton on Thursday, in two official vehicles.

There, the five policemen demanded from the diamond seller the R20 000 balance of the street price of the stone after he had taken his R10 000 commission, he said.

The Hawks set up the trap following an earlier visit by the five to the house when they seized R2 000 cash from the seller and made their first request for the R20 000. This prompted the seller to go to the police, said Metsi.

Members of the Hawks provided the diamond seller with R10 000 cash and hid in the house, waiting for the five policemen.

The policemen, whose ranks include a warrant officer, three constables and one student constable are expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Ekfeugo - 2011-12-30 22:45

    Very difficult to understand where a trap was, more likely extortion by the 5 policemen.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 23:08

      It must be really difficult being an honest cop and reading these stories everyday. - Yes there are honest cops.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 23:39

      I agree. This story is very mixed up. Hopefully the real reporters will be back from holiday next week so the news will make sense again.

      TSO - 2011-12-31 20:39

      I thought I was under the influence of festive but I also find it hard to comprehend.

  • JamesBotha1 - 2011-12-30 23:06

    Sadly to say but this corruption is just the tip of the Ice Berg.

  • Spotty - 2011-12-30 23:28

    More proof that there are more criminals in the police force than outside of it. Same applies to the Metro traffic police. Just look at the two most recent heads of police; Cele and Selebe. What a disgrace, funded by our tax money.

      John - 2011-12-31 02:25

      And the beat goes on. Damn I'm tired already.

  • michel.pieterse - 2011-12-31 04:54

    This reporter started his new year party very early! but extortion seems to be the MO here, well done Hawks for taking out the trash!

  • clivegoss - 2011-12-31 06:46

    God bless all honest policemen they protect us and deserve it. For the rest and Jackie ? well hell ! !

  • George - 2011-12-31 07:23

    Our new ELETE crime busters in action

      africanwolf - 2011-12-31 09:28

      it is Elite indeed

  • Christoff - 2011-12-31 07:40

    It happened to me a few years back. Same place. Hopefully it is the same people.

  • Cindy - 2011-12-31 09:17

    Now they will face "as sober as a judge"

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-31 13:19

    South African prisons have become a "Check your mate" club for crooked policemen. Soon they'll be able to have their own special prison. Another Proudly South African moment.

  • Roslyn - 2011-12-31 15:59

    Where these Police from Douglasdale Police Station?

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-01-01 00:22

    This is mind boggling! Where do we turn too? If the student constables engage into corruption on entry level in the force then I guess we are recruiting more of Cele’s or Selebi’s.

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