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Bogus police arrested for extortion

The Germiston Serious Corruption Investigation team has apprehended a 46 year old suspect for alleged extortion in Kempton Park on Tuesday.

 The suspect who introduced himself as a Warrant Officer Masemola from Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in Germiston, contacted the complainant last week Thursday demanding that they meet to discuss fraud allegations against him.

On the same day, the two met at a restaurant in Boksburg and the suspect allegedly demanded R500 000 citing interference and failure to pay, would lead to an arrest.

The matter was reported to the Hawks who on Tuesday together with the complainant cooperated and managed to arrest the suspect after he was given R10 000 in Kempton Park. 

 Gauteng Provincial Head, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa welcomed and commended the members for apprehending the suspect.

“We urge the public to report any suspicious conduct by individuals purporting to be members of law enforcement agencies for whatever reason, to the authorities.

“The public must be vigilant and know at all times the police are not to be paid any kind of gratification for doing their job by an individual,” said Major General Kadwa.

 Meanwhile, the suspect is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate Court on Wednesday for alleged extortion. Investigations are still continuing.

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