A police constable has been arrested on extortion charges after he and two others, pretending to be South African Revenue Services (SARS) officials, allegedly extorted R35 000 from a bed and breakfast in Randburg.
Constable Soja Tshabalala, 37, was arrested and appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for the crime he allegedly committed in March 2018.
“Tshabalala, who is attached to the Vaal Rand Flying Squad was in uniform, driving a police marked vehicle in the company of three unknown civilians who pretended to be South African Revenue Services (SARS) officials. The group targeted a local Bed and Breakfast establishment in Randburg, they demanded an amount of R60 000 from the owner after they threatened to arrest him for failing to comply with the tax regulations and accused him of operating a brothel,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
Mulamu said that the group allegedly forced the bed and breakfast owner to transfer R35 000 to them from his laptop.
“The matter was referred to the Hawks for further investigation which resulted in a warrant of arrest being issued for Tshabalala who consequently handed himself in at the Hawks’ offices. Investigations are ongoing and the rest of the suspects will soon be accounted for,” said Mulamu.
Tshabalala will be back in court on 30 March for a formal bail application.
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