STATEMENT BY KZN SAPS:
In an operation conducted at Tongaat on Thursday, four police officers from the Durban Metropolitan Police aged between 30 and 42 were arrested for corruption and theft.
Their arrest follows an investigation by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit into a corruption and theft case reported on 10 June 2020. The four suspects received intelligence about a shop owner suspected to be selling cigarettes at La Mercy in Tongaat. They proceeded to the shop and questioned the owner concerning the allegations.
The owner denied selling cigarettes and indicated that he had locked up his cigarettes in a cupboard. The men demanded the cupboard keys before they removed cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects later released the complainant who reported the matter to the police. They did not hand in the cigarettes and cash at any police station. All four suspects appeared in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Friday.
In another case investigated by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit, Sergeant Lazarus Narainsamy (39) stationed at Tongaat SAPS appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for extortion. He is accused of extorting money from a suspect who was arrested for assault and crimen injuria during March 2020. The court released him on bail of R1000-00 and remanded the case to 23 September 2020.
“We welcome the continued crackdown on corruption within police agencies in the province. We will do everything within our control to ensure that we are only left with police officials that are prepared to serve with integrity,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.