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Anti-Corruption Unit clamps down on corruption and arrests six SAPS members

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Western Cape

Our pursuit to root out corruption amongst Western Cape SAPS ranks and purge undesirable elements led to the arrest of six members this morning, while the arrest of a seventh suspect is imminent.

Following a lengthy and thorough investigation by members attached to the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit spanning six months, the team arrived at the Maitland Flying Squad early this morning and executed a warrant of arrest. Two Sergeants and four Constables aged between 31 and 42 were detained on charges of corruption while awaiting their court appearance in Cape Town on 30 March 2023. They are accused of corrupt activities where boxes of abalone were seized from suspects on a number of occasions without making any arrests or handing in the abalone as exhibits. They are also accused of harbouring a corrupt relationship with persons on the wrong side of the law by escorting drugs with a police vehicle.

The investigation into the corrupt activities of the members is still underway, and as the matter unfolds, more charges could be brought against the members, who are now suspended from the SAPS.

The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile did not mince his words as he welcomed the arrests and simultaneously warned that corrupt members masquerading as police officers will be brought to book to face the full might of the law.

Members of the public are encouraged to use the Anti-Corruption Hotline, 08600 701 701 if they are aware of any corrupt activities involving our members.


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