Ten police officers appeared at the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates’ Court yesterday on corruption charges and were released on bail of R1 000 each.
The officers’ case was remanded to August 15.
In a media statement, the South African Police Service said, “These arrests are as a result of a long term multi-disciplinary investigation conducted in the Bergville area to curb the smuggling of dagga.”
The statement further read that the investigation team received information that police officers were complicit in the drug smuggling and were, in some cases, aiding the smugglers. For the duration of the investigation, several members were observed during dagga smuggling operations in the Upper Tugela and Bergville areas.
Following an intensive investigation, the suspects were swiftly arrested on August 10 by provincial detectives and other operational units. These police officers, who are aged between 30 and 55, were immediately served with notices informing them that they are suspended from the SAPS. All 10 of these police officers were stationed at Upper Tugela, Ematsheni and Bergville SAPS.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the arrest of these police officials.
“It is totally unacceptable to find police officers complicit in the trafficking of drugs. These arrests once again demonstrate that the SAPS are willing to act on police officers that are accused of committing crimes. As the investigation progresses, we can expect more arrests,” she said.
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) August 11, 2016