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Pretoria - A former Klipgat police sergeant was arrested at the weekend in connection with a spate of blue-light robberies around the province.
It is believed that the man is part of a gang of police impostors who preyed on unsuspecting people around the city, most frequently in recent months.
Police said the 47-year-old sergeant was arrested at his Ga-Rankuwa house, where police found several rounds of ammunition, a substantial amount of money (in South African and US currencies), a police blue light, several items of SAPS uniform, sergeant and inspector rank insignia and SAPS name badges.
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said the former police sergeant had previously been charged for house robbery, which subsequently led to his dismissal from the police in 2010.
“The investigators expect to make more arrests as they do not believe that the former sergeant worked alone,” she said.
The man was due to appear in court this week.
Phiyega added that this success followed the recovery of a cloned Gauteng flying squad vehicle last week, which they believed was involved in several crimes around Joburg.
“The use of police uniform and equipment by criminals masquerading as police officers is one of the contributors to the poor perceptions that communities have of the police. Within this context the arrest of the former police officer and recovery of the cloned vehicle is significant,” said Phiyega.
Phiyega’s office has also been tasked to act on the recent announcement that more than 1 000 active members in the police have criminal records.