Five bogus traffic cops in court

Five bogus traffic cops that were arrested near Brits last week, appeared in court on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and were remanded in custody until their next court appearance.

Isaac Maleka (30), David Mashiloane (36), John Makgamapha (36), Lucky Jacob Mpingo (39), and Sfiso Kekana (41) were arrested on 18 August by the police on routine patrol at Mooinooi.

According to police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde, the police received information about a white Volkswagen Polo that allegedly attempted to hijack a vehicle in Marikana, close to the toll plaza.

While on the lookout, they spotted a vehicle fitting the description passing them at high speed.” The police members became suspicious, and a chase ensued,” she said.

The police forced the fleeing suspects off the road. When they were ordered to get out of the car, three men got out, wearing Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) uniforms. ” The vehicle was searched which led to the discovery of a TMPD reflector jacket, blue light, a siren, as well as two police caps. A firearm with the serial number filed off was recovered in the veld where the suspects threw it out the window of the vehicle during the chase.

“The arrests led the police to two more suspects in another vehicle, parked near a local fuel station. A bag containing TMPD boots and two live rounds of ammunition were found next to the road where their vehicle was parked. The suspects could not explain having TMPD uniforms and equipment.”

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“The District Commissioner of Bojanala Sub-District 1(Brits), Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape, praised the police for their swift response in ensuring that those perpetrating serious crimes by impersonating police officials are facing the full might of the law,” Nkabinde said.