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Corrupt SAPS members arrested in take down operation

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

CAPE TOWN - Two SAPS members aged 33 and 37 will appear in the Somerset West Magistrates court on Monday, 04 March 2024, facing charges of hijacking and theft.

On 10 August 2022 at about 23:58 a truck was transporting abalone to the value of R500 000-00 from Buffelsjag abalone farm, Hermanus to Cape Town International Airport to be exported. As the truck with two crew members approached the Baden Powell off ramp driving on the N2 freeway it was approached from the back by two marked police vehicles with sirens and flashing blue lights and the driver of the truck stopped next to the road. The occupants of the police vehicles, who were all dressed in police uniform, confronted the driver and crew member of the truck. Both the crew members were requested to hand their cellular telephones over to the police members. Two firearms, a rifle and handgun, were taken from the possession of the one crew member of the truck. The driver was put in the back of one of the police vehicles while his passengers were placed in the back of the other police vehicle and driven away from the scene.

The crew of the truck were later released in a bush area in Mitchells Plain while the truck were recovered abandoned at Wolfgat Nature reserve, Mitchells Plain with all the cargo of abalone removed.

A hijacking case was opened and is investigated by the Provincial Serious and Violent Crimes, Provincial Investigations Unit.

Two marked police vehicles used by members of Operation Restore were identified as the vehicles involved in pulling the truck over.

Both vehicle’s aerial vehicle location (AVL’s) placed the vehicles at the different crime scenes.

The drivers of the vehicles were identified, and their cellular telephone records were obtained. The records of both drivers placed them at or near the different crime scenes. It was also established that both the members were off duty at the time of the incident but were authorised to be in possession of the marked police vehicles.

On 01 March 2024, the investigation team of the Provincial investigation unit, SVC, assisted by members of Crime Intelligence carried out a planned take down Operation.

The team arrested one member at Sea Point SAPS and the other member at Anti-Gang Unit, Faure.

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, said corrupt actions by police members, tarnishes the reputation of the police and will not be tolerated. He further emphasized that police officials who are involved in criminal activities will face, without doubt, the full might of the law.


Captain Frederick van Wyk
082 302 9906

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