Two policemen in Mpumalanga were arrested for crimes last week.
Provincial safety and security MEC, Siphosezwe Masango, has welcomed the arrests, describing the two as "unwanted rotten potatoes" in the service.
In the first incident, KwaMhlanga Inspector Matthews Mkhwebane, who is attached to the vehicle identification section, appeared in court last Friday. He was arrested for fraudulently releasing an impounded stolen white Nissan bakkie to his friend who had lost a similar vehicle.
His friend had lost a purple Nissan 1400 and the vehicle was released to the friend's wife.
A woman whose vehicle had been impounded saw her car on the road and informed the police.
In 2005, Mkhwebane was arrested with Inspector Brandy Mabizela and released on a R2 000 bail for selling a stolen vehicle to its owner for R4 000.
They were arrested in a trap set by the police and the owner.
In the other incident, a reserve constable from Schoemansdal police station was arrested for attempted robbery. He and four men approached people suspected of smuggling illicit goods from Mozambique into South Africa.
They identified themselves as police officials.
When the people realised that they were not policemen, they apprehended them and gave them a heavy beating before the police arrived.
Other suspects ran away, but the constable and two others were arrested.