A shocking incident unfolded Tuesday as the Hawks, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, apprehended a police captain on bribery allegations. News24 reported that the police captain demanded a bribe from an individual suspected of tax-related fraud.
According to Hawks spokesperson Colonel Philani Nkwalase, the division took swift action following credible information received about a commissioned officer stationed in Krugersdorp involved in the illicit act. The officer allegedly sought financial gain in exchange for refraining from arresting the person implicated in tax-related fraud.
The subsequent investigation led the Hawks to Fordsburg, a suburb in Johannesburg, where the police captain is said to have collected the bribe before attempting to flee the scene.
“The suspect was pursued and eventually apprehended on Albertina Sisulu Street in Fordsburg,” Nkwalase confirmed. The arrested police captain will appear before the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where the court will receive the charges against him.
The Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa, commended the team involved in the operation for their prompt response and effective case handling.
“This incident serves as a strong message to corrupt officials that criminal activities within our ranks will not be tolerated,” Major General Kadwa stated emphatically.