Three South African Police Service officers have been arrested in the Eastern Cape after allegations of corruption.
The Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit received information that the officers let a suspect free after extorting money.
The three officers have been alleged of abusing their power while enforcing the Disaster Management Act Regulations on the 21st of April 2020. They came across a person who was contravening the regulations so they rightfully arrested them.
The officers then made a deal with the suspect’s boss and allegedly said they would let the suspect free if they received some money. R1500 was allegedly given to the officers and in return, the person was released.
“Reports continue to suggest that on arrival at the Community Service Centre, these police officers released the suspect without charging him for the offense he had committed.”
“The three members aged between 39 and 43 have been charged for corruption and appeared in the Sterkspruit Magistrate Court for a formal bail hearing today (18 May 2020) and were granted bail. The case has been set for trial on 30 July 2020 in Sterkspruit Magistrate Court,” said Brig Tembinkosi Kinana
Major General Andre Swart, Acting Provincial Commissioner has expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Anti-Corruption team working on the case and their efforts to eradicate corruption in the Police Service.