The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Provincial Head, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa welcomes the arrest of three police officials at Sandton. The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation made these arrests on the 14 of September when the matter was reported at the offices located in Germiston. Police seized electronic gadgets, firearm, and ammunition for further investigation.
It is alleged that the accused, Warrant Officer Charles Mgiba (50), Sergeant Obed Machevele (36), and Sergeant Clement Langutelani Mashele (34) arrived at a private dwelling in Midrand yesterday and demanded an amount of 10 000 US dollars for the complainants not to be arrested on alleged fraudulent activities reported.
The trio allegedly seized laptops and cell phones and forced the complainants into a vehicle, later on, released one at fuel station to get the demanded money. The accused aged between 34 and 50 appeared in the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court today facing charges of corruption, kidnapping, and negligence of firearm.
Major General Kadwa commended the investigation team’s swift response which displayed commitment to the organisation and prioritising the complainants’ safety.
Further investigation revealed that one of the police officials left a carry bag containing a service pistol with ammunition and handcuffs. The court remanded suspects in custody pending investigation. The case was postponed to 21 September 2021 for formal bail application.