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Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Germiston conducted a sting operation which resulted in the arrest of a 55-year-old police Lieutenant Colonel attached to Douglasdale police station who was positively linked with extortion and corruption allegations on Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

His arrest is linked to the alleged extortion and corruption which took place at a Bed and Breakfast in Randburg where he and his accomplice, Constable Soja Tshabalala (37), allegedly demanded an amount of R60 000-00 from the complainant to avoid being arrested on allegations of not complying with SARS tax regulations and operating an illegal brothel, in March 2018.

Amongst the suspects, there were unknown men who introduced themselves as SARS officials. The suspects allegedly threatened to close down the business if the complainant did not meet their demands.

They allegedly forced the complainant to open his financial accounts on a laptop and they transferred R35 000-00 into one of the suspects’ bank account.

The matter was later referred to the Hawks’ office for further investigation. Warrant of arrests were issued for the suspects’ apprehension. Tshabalala handed himself over to the Hawks’ office last month after which he has appeared in court and has since been remanded in custody.

The warrant of arrest was executed for the Lieutenant Colonel’s apprehension in his Aspen Hills home, south of Johannesburg. He is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court facing charges of corruption and extortion.

Investigation continues.

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A former Control Prosecutor aged 36, is due to appear before the Evander Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 8 April 2021. His court appearance stems from his failure to appear before court previously to answer on corrupt allegations levelled against him. His conduct of disregarding the court has led the Magistrate to issue a warrant for his arrest.

According to information, Mr Aron Pule Mohanwe was previously arrested on 28 July 2020, when he was charged with soliciting bribes from suspects in exchange for cases to be withdrawn or struck off from the court roll.

It is said that he was instructed to appear before court on several occasions but he failed to do so. In February 2021, the Magistrate finally took a decision that the man should be forced to come to court after showing disrespect to the court hence his arrest and appearance to face an additional charge of contempt of court.

The police management in the province has welcomed the developments in this case and hope that his arrest will serve as a lesson to others who might decide to emulate his conduct. People should know that the courts should be respected by all.

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An intelligence driven operation conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Johannesburg resulted in an additional suspect’s apprehension for fraud related charges of approximately R5.5 million.

It is alleged that the suspect, Thembani Gift Maswanganye (37) together with his accomplices who are remanded in custody since their arrest in February last year, Robert Owusu Asamoah (35) and Bukelwa Kwinana (31) allegedly fraudulently created a duplicate email address to launder money from a potential property buyer in August 2019.

Further investigation revealed that the suspects allegedly interrupted and re-directed the property buyer to their email address where they provided new banking details of which approximately R5.5 million was transferred in different transactions.

Maswanganye was arrested last Friday, 2 April 2021 in Giyani, Limpopo and subsequently charged for fraud and money laundering. He appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 where the matter was postponed for the following day and joining his co-accused in the dock.

The court postponed the case to next Tuesday, 13 April 2021 for Maswanganye’s formal bail application and further investigation.

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Eastern Cape SAPS detective’s hard work paid off when three rapist were sentenced with a collective 5 life terms imprisonment sentences and 20 years imprisonment early this week.

Three rapists aged between 24 and 28 have been sentenced to life imprisonment for separate rape cases while a 15-year-old minor was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for raping a 48-year-old.

It is alleged that Vuyani April aged 28 from Fort Malan Mission locality, Willowvale entered the house of a 20 year old victim, dragged her to nearby abandoned house and raped her.

Zolani Matikinca 24 years also from Fort Malan Mission locality, Willowvale is also alleged to have dragged a 21-year-old victim from her home and raped her. Both suspects were arrested and were sentenced at Willowvale Regional Court to life imprisonment and 6 years each.

In another unrelated incident Lubabalo Sabhawu, 27 from Elliotdale, who was known to be a prophet, raped three victims aged between 15 and 16 in separate incidents, he was arrested and sentenced to three life terms imprisonment.

Lastly, in Kwenxura, Mqanduli, Banele Maka who was 15 years old at the time of the incident raped a 48-year-old victim in 2019, Banele was arrested and sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

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A 57-year-old suspect is expected to appear before Upington Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 8 April 2021 for his alleged involvement in a cash-in-transit robbery.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, 6 April 2021, two security guards were loading cash at an ATM at Kalahari Mall when five unknown suspects held them at gunpoint.

The suspects fled with two cellphones, two hand guns and an undisclosed amount of money.

Leads are being followed regarding more suspects.

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Police in Mpumalanga are searching for three suspects who escaped from the holding cells at Kriel Police Station. The trio are reported to have escaped in the early hours of 7 April 2021. An investigation into how these men escaped is underway and police have launched a manhunt.

The suspects are 18-year-old Siyabonga Mlotshwa, Thabo Motaung aged 24 as well as 35-year-old Njabulo Nelson khoza.

The suspects were initially arrested for rape, robbery, possession of drugs, housebreaking and theft, as well as contravention of the Immigration Act.

Police members who were on duty indicated that they were alerted to a noise coming from the said holding cells where the suspects were locked up and went to investigate. It is then when they discovered that the trio escaped. A case of escape from lawful custody was immediately opened and investigation regarding this matter is underway.

Police are appealing to members of the public, including families of the suspects to assist with information that may lead to their rearrest to contact Detective Sergeant Sipho Nkuna at 072 790 9238 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.

Alternatively members of the public can send information via MySAPS App.

All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

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