The Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation Unit has made significant strides in its fight against corruption by apprehending two individuals, Keabetswe Kgope (35), a police officer holding the rank of sergeant, and Elizabeth Zwane (52), on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. These arrests took place on September 12, sending a strong message about the commitment to upholding the law.
The duo’s speedy appearance before the Palm Ridge Commercial Crimes Court on the day of their arrest resulted in each receiving bail of R2,000. According to Warrant Officer Thatohatsi Mavimbela, the spokesperson for Gauteng Hawks, this case traces back to October 2020 when officials from Leeuwkop Prison arrested two suspects for an alleged drug smuggling attempt into the prison.
In response, they reported the matter at the Sandton Police Station, where two officers from the station became involved. It’s alleged that one of the suspects called his girlfriend, Elizabeth Zwane. Zwane then visited the station and offered the officers a bribe of R5,000 to secure her partner’s release.
However, prison officials revisited the case. They discovered that the police officers had released one of the suspects. Promptly reporting the matter to the Hawks, the ensuing investigation led to the eventual arrest of both suspects.
Their case has been postponed to October 3 as further legal proceedings unfold.
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