What started out as an investigation into house robberies, business robberies and hijackings in Lwandle, Strand and Somerset West resulted in a two year project that saw three policemen and two alleged drug dealers arrested during last week. The crime intelligence driven operation dubbed “Project Elephant” continued with its endeavours to root out corruption within SAPS in the Western Cape which resulted in two more police officers arrested yesterday on charges of corruption.
On 2016-09-21 at 15:30 investigators visited the residence of a 37 year old sergeant stationed at Strand police station where he was arrested on two charges of corruption. Two firearms not licenced in his name were found in his possession and were confiscated. He will face charges for the illegal possession thereof too.
Later on the same day at 16:40 a 39 year old sergeant also stationed at Strand police station was arrested at his office, also on two charges of corruption. He will also be charged with the possession of suspected stolen property after bullet proof inner plates were found at his residence in Gorgons Bay for which he could not provide an explanation.
The two members are due in Strand Magistrates court tomorrow.
Police management have reiterated their hard stance on corrupt police and it is hoped that the arrests will send a strong message to would be corrupt members. “Project Elephant” has not concluded as yet and the possibility of more arrests is not ruled out.