The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit in Germiston conducted a sting operation which led to the arrest of a 55-year-old senior policeman on charges of extortion and corruption this week.
Hawks Investigators swooped on an SAPS lieutenant colonel who is attached as a member of the Douglasdale police station, in Johannesburg after he was positively linked to allegations of extortion and corruption allegations on Wednesday 7 April.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said the lieutenant colonel’s arrest was linked to a case of alleged extortion and corruption which took place at a Bed & Breakfast establishment in Randburg.
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Mulamu said the lieutenant colonel and an accomplice, Constable Soja Tshabalala, 37, had allegedly demanded an amount of R60 000 from the complainant to avoid being arrested on allegations of not complying with SARS tax regulations and operating an illegal brothel. The alleged incident occurred 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.” Mulamu said.
“They allegedly forced the complainant to open his financial accounts on a laptop and they transferred R35 000 into one of the suspects’ bank accounts,” he said.
Mulamu said the corruption case was later referred to the Hawks’ office for further investigation.
“Warrant of arrests were issued for the suspects’ apprehension. Tshabalala handed himself in at the Hawks’ office last month, appeared in court and has since been remanded in custody,” Mulamu said.
“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 Magistrates Court facing charges of corruption and extortion,” he said.
The investigation into the corruption case is ongoing.