JOHANNESBURG – Police officers were among a number of suspects arrested in Gauteng over the weekend as the police continued its fight against crime. Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said police “mean business when they say they will get rid of criminal elements within the ranks”.
“A police constable was arrested in Sandringham, Johannesburg for attempted business robbery, misuse of a state of a state vehicle and defeating the ends of justice,” said Masondo. The arrested constable is alleged to have colluded with three suspects to rob a business in Linbro Park. He is accused of also using a state vehicle to transport the criminals.
Masondo confirmed that the constable was arrested with two other suspects.
In a separate incident, another constable and five other people were arrested for extortion and foer allegedly kidnapping a foreign national in Potchefstroom in the North West.
“The six were arrested and the victims rescued following the swift by police to an attack on a family member who had delivered the ransom fee in the West Rand,” Masondo said. He also said that in a third incident, a constable was arrested in Protea Glen, Soweto, for corruption, extortion and fraud.
“The police officer together with his accomplice were arrested by the Gauteng Anti-corruption Unit for allegedly soliciting about R30,000 from people they promised to get employment for, from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.” Masondo said
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