Four police inspectors of the Ficksburg crime prevention unit were arrested yesterday for allegedly safely escorting dagga smugglers through the Free State, police said.
Spokesman Superintendent Motantsi Makhele said the four were arrested in an operation to eradicate and "cure" corruption in the police ranks, which was launched last year.
"Information gathered during this operation revealed that these members were involved in the practice of escorting some of the vehicles transporting dagga through the province, so as to protect them from being arrested, in return for payment."
Makhele said the four inspectors were expected to appear in the Ficksburg magistrate's court today to face charges of corruption, defeating the ends of justice and dealing in dagga.
Two women and a man were also arrested in Klerksdorp with 26 bags of dagga. A minibus was confiscated. - Sapa