Four police officers attached to the Kimberley Vehicle Crime Investigation unit and one civilian were arrested for their alleged involvement in facilitating a car theft syndicate.
FOUR police officers and one civilian were arrested for their alleged involvement in facilitating a car theft syndicate.
They were expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Northern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Mashay Gamieldien said the provincial anti-corruption unit, in conjunction with the provincial counter-intelligence unit, terminated an operation on March 15 that led to the apprehension and arrest of four police sergeants attached to the Kimberley Vehicle Crime Investigation unit.
“This follows an intensive investigation where four police officials, aged 36, 42, 46 and 48 years old, and a 55-year-old civilian were charged for fraud, forgery and uttering and malicious damage to property,” said Gamieldien.
She explained that the suspects allegedly obtained fraudulent court orders for change of ownership of vehicles.
The provincial commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, expressed her dismay and condemned the alleged dishonest and corrupt behaviour of the SAPS officials implicated in the case.
She issued a stern warning to all SAPS personnel that there was no place for corrupt police officials who were entrusted to serve and protect communities.
“Such persons will feel the full might of the law,” she said.