Corrupt South African Police Officials Under Fire

PRETORIA, July 9 (BERNAMA- NNN-SA NEWS) -- Efforts by the National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, to intensify investigations into crimes committed by members of the South African Police Service and people impersonating police officials is rapidly gaining momentum, says police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale.

A national investigation team set up by Phiyega has uncovered two syndicates which are linked to one another, operating in the Gauteng Province areas of Florida, the Johannesburg central business district (CBD), Langlaagte, Boksburg and Randburg.

The group, according to Makgale, targetted businesses owned by foreigners, such as Chinese, Somalis and Pakistanis, for valuables, particularly cash. Makgale said Tuesday that the targeted people kept large sums of cash as they did not use bank accounts.

"We once again call on all business people to utilise banks in order to ensure that their money is secure. The other key matter is that victims should report the offences once they have fallen victim to crime," he added.

Makgale appealed to anyone with knowledge of such incidents to contact the police.

Since October last year to date, the National Investigation Unit (NiNU) has arrested 18 people in connection with charges relating to the impersonation of police officers and officials of the South African Revenue Sewrvice (SARS), among other charges.

The suspects arrested comprised of eleven SARS officials, four SAPS members, two members of the Gauteng Traffic Police and one civilian.

Last Friday, the NiNU, led by Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo, arrested five more people in Boksburg North. Gauteng Traffic Police officials Sipho Mokate, 38, and Neo Rampete, 40, SARS officials, Ayanda Monareng, 27, Sydney Radebe, 41, and Thulani Sihlangu, 26, appeared in the Johannesburg Central court on Friday on charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering, robbery and house breaking.

They have been remanded in custody and they are expected to reappear in court today for a formal bail application.


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