The Hawks in Gauteng have arrested two of their own members and a Hillbrow police detective for armed robbery, in which they netted a share of R1-million each. According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu a fourth suspect is on the run.
The arrests took place on Tuesday after allegations emerged in September that four police officials in two cars had stopped a driver in Norwood.
“They said the man was driving recklessly. The driver then insisted on proceeding to the nearest police station,” Mulamu said.
“He was hauled to to Norwood police station where a search was conducted and two boxes full of cash including a receipt indicating the total amount which the victim had exchanged for his employer.”
According to Mulamu, the cops then took the man to the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court building in Eloff Street, where they offloaded the cash and divided it amongst themselves inside an office.
A small share was handed to the driver.
Warrant officer Tefo Maimane (49), Warrant officer Eric Melaphi (41) both attached to the Hawks Serious Commercial Crimes and Detective Constable Khumbulo Gadivhana (36) from Hillbrow SAPS appeared in court briefly on Tuesday.
The matter was postponed until 27 December for formal bail application to be heard at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.
Gauteng Head of the Hawks Major General Prince Mokotedi said he was shocked and disappointed that his own members were arrested, but also congratulated the arresting officers for their courage.
“Since we implemented a zero tolerance to corruption, we have arrested hundred and two (102) police officials in Gauteng from March 2016 to date. Serious Corruption Investigation Unit was beefed-up with eighteen members and we are now reaping the fruits of arresting corrupt individuals.
“I want to warn unscrupulous members that we will not relax until the Hawks particularly in Gauteng gets rid of all the bad elements. The blue wall is greatly impeding our success to tackle organised crime. Once broken, our progress to bust crime syndicates will be accelerated,” he said.