In the last few days, Gauteng Police has seen a rise in “fake officers”. They have made multiple arrests of people attempting to impersonate Police Officers, Soldiers and emergency service workers.
A 25-year-old man was spotted in Heidelberg on Sunday, 26th April – The community members found it unusual to see someone walking down Voortrekker Street in full SANDF uniform. The Police were alerted and immediately investigated the matter, the man was questioned and it was discovered he was not a member of the SANDF and was later arrested.
The Police established that the man was wearing stolen SANDF uniform, at this stage, it’s unclear how it was obtained.
The man has been charged with impersonating a member of the SANDF and possession of suspected stolen property.
On Wednesday 22nd April 2020 Police arrested one former SA Police reservist along with her two accomplices. It was later discovered that they were wearing the uniform to commit robberies.
Police deployed units to search for the suspects, a vehicle matching the description was found. Upon questioning the suspects they discovered that one of the women was indeed a former reservist.
“Inside the vehicle, there were police uniforms, unwritten police docket, trays of eggs and chickens,” said SA Police
All three suspects have been charged with impersonating Police Officer’s and possession of suspected stolen property.
Police have said that they are now carrying out a thorough investigation to establish how members of the public acquired Police and Army uniform.
“It is a very serious offence to impersonate a law enforcement officer. These suspects deserve a hefty sentence that will send a strong message to other criminals who tarnish the names of the hard working law enforcers and emergency service employees” said Ltn General Elias Mawela, Provincial Commissioner