One of three police officers from the Randburg police station who has been arrested for alleged bribery, fraud and assault. Photo: Timothy Bernard
Three policemen were arrested on Thursday for fraud, corruption and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The officers – two constables and a sergeant – were on duty when they were arrested at the Randburg police station in connection with an arrest they made on March 25, 2011.
They were arrested by the Organised Crime Unit and Randburg police.
The man who laid the charge was allegedly arrested for urinating in public.
The arrests follow a disclosure on Wednesday that more than 600 police officers had been arrested since September 2010 for various crimes, including fraud and corruption, defeating the ends of justice, theft and possession of stolen goods.
This was disclosed by provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros in Pretoria.
“We are not boasting about this, but we are rather doing what we promised our people. We made a commitment to the public and now we are merely fulfilling it. If there is one thing the people of this province are sick of, it’s corruption in the police,” he said.
The Star was told that the man who was arrested in Randburg had claimed the officers said they could smell that he was drunk and demanded a R3 000 bribe. When he told them he could not pay, they put him in a cell at the Randburg police station.
At midnight, the officers allegedly demanded more money and forced him to phone his wife, who brought the money, and he was released in the morning.
Captain Pinky Tsinyane said the officers had allegedly not followed correct procedures for booking or releasing the man.
The charge of fraud relates to the officers allegedly forging other officers’ signatures to release the man without charge.
It is unclear when the man was alleged to have been assaulted while in custody.
“There is no special treatment for police,” said Tsinyane.
She said the police appreciated it when residents come forward with information regarding corruption.
Three cops held for fraud, assault