Pretoria: The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has welcomed the arrest of five police officers for their alleged involvement in crimes of human trafficking, kidnapping and extortion in two separate incidents.
In the first incident, on 27 March 2019, ten (10) Bangladeshi Nationals who were being smuggled through Zimbabwe into South Africa were allegedly kidnapped on the N1 by four (4) SAPS Silverton Flying Squad members driving in two marked police vehicles.
Four days later, on the 31st of March, two out of the 10 victims were released after their families had paid a ransom.
SAPS National Crime Intelligence worked tirelessly with investigators on this case and identified four Silverton Flying Squad constables that are alleged to have kidnapped the victims. A warrant for the arrest of each of the suspects was obtained earlier this week.
This morning during a multi-disciplinary operation members of the National Crime Intelligence Unit, Villeria Detectives, Trio Task Team and the Organised Crime Investigations Unit supported by the Special Task Force arrested three of the constables at the Silverton 10111 Centre. The fourth member had not reported for duty by that time but his arrest will be effected soon.
In a separate matter, two (2) members of a stabilisation intervention in Mamelodi were also arrested last night on allegations of extortion.
A man, allegedly a drug dealer contacted the SAPS Anti-Corruption unit and informed them that police members are demanding money from him.
The two members, one from Silverton SAPS (currently deployed at the Combating and Response Team in Mamelodi) the other from Provincial Anti-Gang Unit were arrested at a restaurant in Silverton last night and the "extortion" money was recovered from them.
The National Commissioner has expressed his disappointment about the alleged transgressions by these members. "It is disheartening when members who are entrusted with the safety of law-abiding citizens are seen to be committing crimes themselves, said General Khehla John Sitole.
"While we allow for justice to take its course, the arrest of these members should serve as a warning to other law enforcement officials that criminality within our ranks will not be tolerated, added General Sitole.
All of these members are currently in police custody and they will brought before court during the course of this week on their respective charges.
Anyone who has any information on crime are kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strictest confidence.
Source: South African Police Service