SAPS members to appear in court for kidnapping and extortion in Roodepoort
Two police Sergeants from the Dobsonville SAPS arrested by IPID on Friday, 17 February 2023, for kidnapping, extortion and possession of stolen goods will appear at the Roodepoort Magistrate court on Monday, 20 February 2023.
It is alleged that four members of the Dobsonville SAPS drove to Payneville in Springs on 17 February 2023 at about 14:00 to search the property of the alleged suspect. They arrested the alleged suspect and confiscated money to the value of R35 000, Gold, Measuring scales and 25 litres of Acidic Mercury.
While inside the police van, the four officers allegedly demanded more money from the suspect, which he did not have at the time. They advised him to call his friends to help him raise the requested amount of money. Unfortunately, his friend could not assist.
They allegedly informed the suspect and his friend that he (suspect) was arrested until such time he is able to pay the required amount of money. The friend reported the incident to IPID investigators who worked jointly with SAPS and JMPD to track the officers and the state vehicle.
The vehicle was found in Roodepoort with only 2 members.They were found in possession of Gold, two Measuring scales, 25L Acidic Mercury and an undisclosed amount of money.
The two Sergeants are detained at the Roodepoort SAPS while the other two Constables are on the run.
Ms. Lizzy Suping
Director Communications and Marketing/Spokesperson
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)
Benstra Building, 473B Stanza Bopape Street, Pretoria, 0001