Hawks arrest three Hawks members on charges of corruption and extortion

Staff Writer | Apr 06, 2019
Crime within SAPS remains a major problem as the IRR has highlighted in three reports since 2011.

The Hawks arrested three of their members on Friday 5 March 2019 for their alleged involvement in crimes related to corruption, extortion, intimidation and defeating the ends of justice.

According to the Hawks spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi,  the three officers allegedly visited a business premises in January 2019 where they allegedly extorted a large sum of money from the business owner. 

They took the money in exchange for not reporting the business for being in possession of false documents relating to conducting the business in South Africa.

The three, two captains and a warrant officer, were expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on 5 March.

Mulaudzi said investigations were continuing.

The IRR has published three reports ‘The Broken Blue Line’ reports in 2011, 2015 and 2018 respectively.

The first report assessed the extent to which police officers where often themselves implicated in committing serious and violent crimes. It also suggested a number of policy proposals to assist the police in dealing with the problem. The second and third reports reassessed the situation over time and found that little, if anything, had improved. 

The IRR repeated the policy recommendations it had made and added further recommendations. We have yet to ascertain whether any suggestions have been considered.

 

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