Seven SAPS Members Arrested on Charges of Corruption Linked to Abalone Trade

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SAPS corruption and abalone trade

Seven members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have been implicated in corrupt activities linked to the illegal abalone trade in Cape Town.

Arrests and Accusations

Six officers comprising two sergeants and four constables were arrested at the Maitland Flying Squad on Tuesday, while the seventh suspect’s arrest is imminent, according to police spokesperson Andre Traut. The suspects, aged between 31 and 42, have been suspended and are due to appear in court on Thursday.

The suspects have been accused of engaging in corrupt activities related to the seizure of boxes of abalone from suspects without making any arrests or handing over the abalone as exhibits. They are also accused of having shady relationships with people who break the law and using a police car to transport drugs with these people.

Ongoing Investigation

The investigation into how crooked the members were is still going on, and as more information comes to light, the suspects could face more charges.

Recent Arrests

The recent arrests follow the clampdown on the illegal abalone trade by law enforcement agencies in the Western Cape, which has resulted in several convictions in recent months. In January, abalone worth R4.5 million was seized during a search and seizure operation in Milnerton.

Collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies

The SAPS has been working with the Hawks Serious Organized Crime Investigation team, Crime Intelligence, and officials from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and Environmental Affairs to stop the illegal trade in abalone. Last week, the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court gave sentences to four men who were caught with abalone worth millions of rands.

Call to Action

Capetonians are encouraged to report any suspicious activities related to the illegal trade to the authorities to ensure the criminals are brought to justice.

SAPS Leadership’s Commitment

As the investigation unfolds, it remains to be seen whether additional arrests will be made and whether further charges will be brought against these SAPS members. However, the SAPS leadership has reiterated its commitment to rooting corruption within its ranks and ensuring that police officers uphold the law and are accountable for their actions.

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