GAUTENG – Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Germiston conducted a sting operation which resulted in the arrest of a 55-year-old police Lieutenant Colonel attached to Douglasdale police station who was positively linked with extortion and corruption allegations on Wednesday, 07 April 2021.
His arrest is linked to the alleged extortion and corruption which took place at a Bed & Breakfast in Randburg where he and his accomplice, Constable Soja Tshabalala (37), allegedly demanded an amount of R60 000-00 from the complainant to avoid being arrested on allegations of not complying with SARS tax regulations and operating an illegal brothel, in March 2018.
Amongst the suspects, there were unknown men who introduced themselves as SARS officials. The suspects allegedly threatened to close down the business if the complainant did not meet their demands.
They allegedly forced the complainant to open his financial accounts on a laptop and they transferred R35 000-00 into one of the suspects’ bank account.
The matter was later referred to the Hawks’ office for further investigation. Warrant of arrests were issued for the suspects’ apprehension. Tshabalala handed himself over to the Hawks’ office last month after which he has appeared in court and has since been remanded in custody.
The warrant of arrest was executed for the Lieutenant Colonel’s apprehension in his Aspen Hills home, south of Johannesburg. He is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court facing charges of corruption and extortion. Investigation continues.
Source: South African Police Service