Former murder convict arrested after trying to extort R300,000

A 40-year-old suspect from Soshanguve was arrested on Thursday in Bronkhorstspruit for impersonating a Hawks official to extort money from a former mayor.
A 40-year-old suspect from Soshanguve was arrested on Thursday in Bronkhorstspruit for impersonating a Hawks official to extort money from a former mayor.
Image: SUHAIB SALEM

The Hawks arrested a former murder and robbery convict for pretending to be a Hawks official and trying to extort R300,000 from a former mayor.

Hawks spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement on Friday that the 40-year-old suspect from Soshanguve was arrested on Thursday in Bronkhorstspruit “retaining the same modus operandi of destroying a case docket against the victim”.

“The suspect clad in a Hawks T-shirt and parading as a captain was found with a number of blank arrest warrants, search warrants, the Pretoria regional court date stamp and a fake correspondence letter with a Hawks logo. 

“Seemingly the victim’s search-and-arrest warrants were also ready for execution by the suspect.”

The suspect will appear in the Bronkhorstspruit magistrate’s court on Friday.


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