Police arrested three of their own on charges of fraud and drug possession.
Cops say the suspects were nabbed in crime intelligence-driven operations last week, focusing on members of SAPS allegedly involved in criminal activities in the province.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says in the first instance, a 34-year-old officer stationed at Parow police station was arrested on Wednesday at his home on charges of corruption, dealing in drugs, possession of drugs, and possession of stolen property.
He appeared in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The case was postponed to September 30 for further investigation. He was released on R 5 000 bail.
A second police officer, aged 40, was arrested at his home in Strand on Thursday on charges of corruption, dealing in drugs, and possession of drugs. He was stationed at Strand police station, Van Wyk said.
A third SAPS member, aged 50, was arrested on Friday afternoon at his workplace at Macassar police station on charges of corruption, dealing in drugs, and possession of drugs.
The two would appear in the Somerset West Magistrates’ Court today.
“As part of the current project, two males were also arrested for dealing in drugs and appeared in the Bellville and Strand Magistrates’ Courts, respectively, earlier during in the week. More arrests of SAPS members are imminent,” Van Wyk said.
Western Cape SAPS management have vowed to root out criminal elements within its ranks.
To report corruption, the public can call Crime Stop at 08600-10111.