Police officers arrested for ‘stealing’ confiscated illicit cigarettes

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Three police officers are expected to appear in court this week after they were arrested for failing to open a case and register illicit cigarettes they had confiscated. 

The three constables aged between 35 and 38 were arrested on Friday 30 September 2022 on charges of corruption committed in the Zaaiplaas policing area outside Groblersdal in Limpopo in July this year.

POLICE ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION

South African Police Service spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the three constables stationed at the Zaaiplaas Police Station were arrested after they failed to open a case and register illicit cigarettes that they confiscated at a local filling station on Tuesday 12 July 2022.

The police officers instead put the owner on the back of a police van, drove off with him and later dropped him in the bushes.They then left with the four boxes of illicit cigarettes.

An animal food truck was busted with illicit cigarettes over the weekend. Image: SAPS.

“The Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit arrested the suspects in Polokwane after investigations indicated that they never registered the case and the cigarettes.The three officers,Vusi Sepoto, (35), Mulase Jakonea Lamola,(37), and Malose Oscar Makhafola,(38), will appear again in the  Groblersdal Magistrate’s on 7 October for bail application,” Mojapelo said. 

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Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man impersonating a police officer,  was also arrested for corruption after he allegedly demanded a  bribe to help drop charges against a man suspected of rape. 

According to the SAPS, the suspect allegedly demanded an amount of R7 600 to negotiate with the prosecutor. The suspect contacted the complainant again and demanded an additional amount of R2 400.The matter was reported to the police and that resulted in the arrest of the suspect. His case was postponed to 04 October for bail application 

Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe welcomed the arrests. Hadebe said no mercy will be shown to SAPS members who act in a manner that is dishonest and tarnish the image of the organisation, and the  same goes for members of the public.

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