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By Mogomotsi Selebi | May 04, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 38 ]

ONLY a day after Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros declared war on criminal police officers, three were arrested for corruption, assault and fraud.

The officers were on duty when they were nabbed at the Randburg police station yesterday.

The male officers, two constables and a sergeant, were arrested after they allegedly picked up a man they claimed was urinating in the street, assaulted him, extorted money from him and threw him into jail.

Commissioner Petros announced on Wednesday that 634 police officers had been arrested since September 2010. He said of the 634 officers, 272 had eventually been fired. Of that number, 95 were dismissed for fraud and corruption, 59 for theft or being found in possession of stolen goods, 47 for serious crime, 25 for defeating the ends of justice and 46 for ill discipline.

The Randburg officers are alleged to have demanded R800 from Patrick Letsoalo of Roodendal when they found him allegedly relieving himself along Bram Fischer Drive in Randburg in March last year.

Letsoalo was arrested after being accused of urinating on the street and then taken to the Randburg police station where he was allegedly assaulted and even made to pay for his release.

He spent a night in jail and was only released the next day when he paid the money.

Letsoalo told Sowetan that he was traumatised by the incident. He said he was shocked and denied that he was urinating in the street.

"They demanded money from me, assaulted and arrested me when I refused to pay them," he said yesterday, adding that he was happy the policemen had been arrested though it took more than a year for them to be charged.

He reported the matter to the police at the same police station the day after his release.

He was charged with resisting arrest and urinating on the street.

"I didn't accept those charges because it was all lies. I told them I would not go inside the cell as I had done nothing wrong," he said.

Despite his refusal, he soon found himself in a holding cell.

"I was forced into the cell and severely assaulted. One of them, called Masiya, was very aggressive and beat me up with so much force that I was left in pain," he said.

"One of them said I should pay R500 for assaulting a police officer and R300 for refusing arrest. At this point I was so afraid for my life that I agreed to pay the money," he said.

The following day, Letsoalo opened a case against the three officers. They were arrested while on duty yesterday.

As they were led to the waiting police van, they seemed dazed with what was happening. With their hands cuffed they had difficulty getting into the van and had to be lifted into the vehicle.

The third officer, who had disappeared, was arrested about 20 minutes later.

Their arrest followed that of four officers at the OR Tambo International Airport in January over extortion.

Police spokesman captain Pinky Tsinyane said: "Gauteng police are committed to root out corruption in this province. This is one of the many incidents confirming the commitment."

The three suspects will appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court soon on charges of corruption, fraud and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Yesterday's arrest was met with strong condemnation from Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's office.

His spokesman Zweli Mnisi said: "Shame on such police officers. There is nothing as embarrassing as seeing those who are supposed to uphold the law, actually being involved in criminality.

"We want to emphasise that while there may be such corrupt officers, it should not give an impression that the majority of our members are corrupt, the fact is there are thousands of hard-working officers who risk their lives to safeguard society.

"We urge such members not to be demotivated when reading about such officers, but to continue to work tirelessly in arresting criminals, including any tsotsi-cops out there."

COMMENTS [ 38 ]

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now its your turn to be pushed into the pit... ke kgale o ntse o phusha ba bang... lol!

May 04, 2012 12:52 | 0 replies

Arrest those "stoepkakkertjies". All they know is bribe.

May 04, 2012 1:23 | 0 replies

RobinH

Our new acting police chief must have lit a fire under his rump.

May 04, 2012 1:23 | 0 replies

They end up outside, No enough evidence to lock them in

May 04, 2012 1:25 | 0 replies

fair enough Commissioner Petros, my concern is still those police officers who failed their weapon efficiency competency tests and were disarmed and later re-issued their weapons, how safe are we in the Mzansi streets with incompetence cops who handle live ammunition Petros Sir?

May 04, 2012 1:31 | 0 replies

now we want to read about a metro cop issuing a traffic fine to a colleague ...

May 04, 2012 1:33 | 0 replies

I like this Picture.This must be posted on Youtube.

@ Mzwandile Petros........Please come to Kwa-Thema and Tsakane Police stations. We have rotten to the core policemen and women there.

May 04, 2012 1:36 | 0 replies

WordofGod: "now we want to read about a metro cop issuing a traffic fine to a colleague ..."

kwakwakwakwakwakkwa, kikikikikikikikiki, tjovitjo - that sounds cool, first should be METRO COPS hiding in BUSHES to issue traffic fines to each other, spot on WG!!

May 04, 2012 1:44 | 0 replies

He he he he check the picture the cop is soo big he cant even fit thru the door of the van...talk about fat cops!!!!!

May 04, 2012 1:48 | 0 replies

I actually like this Petros guy. He promised visible policing in Midrand and we got it - at least where I live. If you go to the bus station in Park Station on in the mornings, you will find them there extracting bribes from non documented Zimbabweans.

May 04, 2012 1:53 | 0 replies

@MorenaWaPolelo - the bribe money got to go somewhere - ends up in the hips and bums from over consumption of food bought with bribe money.

May 04, 2012 1:54 | 0 replies