Flying squad cops held for hijacking, robbery
Three police officers attached to the Germiston flying squad remain in custody after allegedly hijacking, kidnapping and robbing the drivers of two vehicles in Krugersdorp West, on the West Rand, on Saturday afternoon.
Prince Ngobeni, Godfrey Manisha and Maphoko Masemola allegedly committed the crime on the Rustenburg road.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, spokesperson for the Gauteng police, said the suspects had stopped a truck and a bakkie that was escorting it.
"The driver of an escort vehicle was forced out of his vehicle and ordered into a police vehicle. One of the police officers also jumped into the truck and forced the driver to sit in the passenger seat.
"The victims were driven into an open veld and forced to lie on the ground whilst being pointed with firearms. They were also robbed of a substantial amount of money before the officers drove away," Dlamini said.
After a case was reported, information was followed up on and the police officers were arrested. A truck and a bakkie were later recovered.
The trio appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and hijacking.
"They remain in custody and will reappear on June 14 for their bail application."
Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange said a thorough investigation into the activities of the arrested officers had been ordered.
"Taking action against bad elements in the service must be seen as a commitment by management to work towards a better police service," De Lange said.