UPDATE | Two Northern Cape cops appear in court for armed robberies on N14 highway

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Two police officers have been arrested in connection with armed robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping cases. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)
Two police officers have been arrested in connection with armed robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping cases. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)

Two police officers appeared in the Mothibistad Regional Court on Tuesday in connection with armed robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping cases.

Sergeant Monageng Joy Makoke, 37, and Constable Walter Setidisho, 31, were arrested on Monday.

They are attached to the Kuruman Crime Prevention Unit and are allegedly part of a syndicate that robbed motorists on the N14 highway, said Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase.

"The sergeant and constable were arrested... by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team, with the assistance of the Tactical Response Team and Crime Intelligence," said Nkwalase.

"The officials are [allegedly part of] a syndicate that... robbed motorists of cash, cellphones and other valuables at gunpoint along the N14 near Kuruman between July and August 2020," Nkwalase said.

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The Hawks began probing the matter after cases were reported at the local police station. The investigation revealed that the alleged perpetrators were members of the South African Police Service, said Nkwalase.

During their arrest on Monday morning, a white Volkswagen Polo, allegedly used in the commission of the crimes, was confiscated.

The case against the pair was postponed to 28 September for a formal bail application.

The Hawks were expected to make more arrests.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the pair's appearance in court.


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