Johannesburg – The Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation Unit in Germiston on Thursday arrested a 55-year-old police lieutenant colonel after being positively linked to allegations of extortion and corruption.
The officer is attached to the Douglasdale Police Station.
According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, the arrest is linked to the alleged extortion and corruption that took place at a Bed & Breakfast in Randburg where the officer and his accomplice, Agent Soja Tshabalala, 37, reportedly demanded R60,000 from the plaintiff to avoid being arrested on allegations of non-compliance with SA Revenue Service (Sars) tax regulations and operating an illegal brothel.
“Among the suspects, there were strangers who introduced themselves as Sars officials. The suspects reportedly threatened to shut down the business if the complainant did not respond to their requests.
“They allegedly forced the complainant to open his financial accounts on a laptop and transferred Rand 35,000 to one of the suspects’ bank accounts,” Mulamu said.
Mulamu said the case was then referred to the Hawks’ office for further investigation and arrest warrants were issued against the suspects.
“Tshabalala visited the Hawks office last month, appeared in court and has since been remanded into custody. The arrest warrant was executed for the arrest of the lieutenant colonel at his home in Aspen Hills, south of Johannesburg.
Mulamu said the suspect is expected to appear in Randburg Magistrates’ Court on charges of bribery and extortion while the investigation continues.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have warned the public to be on the lookout for impostors.
“The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), commonly known as the Hawks, has noted with concern an increase in incidents of imposters pretending to be the branch’s investigators, targeting vulnerable people and demanding money in order to do so. derail investigations. ”
This follows the arrest of a 29-year-old suspect who approached an elderly victim in Mpumalanga yesterday at his home.
“The lone suspect produced a fraudulent document bearing a Hawks emblem indicating that this was evidence of withdrawal of the murder charge from a Hawks investigation against him. The suspect allegedly asked for 60,000 rand for this to become a formality. “
DPCI National Chief Lt. Gen. Godfrey Lebeya said: “The real Hawks will never ask for payment for their services or make the case go away. We provide services free of charge. We perform our duties without fear, favoritism or prejudice.
“Those who solicit payments by promising favors are not our members. Anyone who commits corruption or extortion on our behalf should expect serious consequences, ”said Lebeya.