SMUGGLING OF CARS IN ZIM : 5 COPS NABBED

Five South African cops have been arrested for being part of a gang that smuggled stolen cars into Zimbabwe.

In total nine people have been arrested. Hawks spokesperson for Limpopo province, Captain Matimba Maluleke said the suspects were arrested on Monday and Tuesday during an operation code named “Mirror.” 

He said the group had been under surveillance for two years.

“The nine suspects aged between 32 to 51, including five police officers and a Home Affairs official were arrested on January 22 and 23 in Limpopo for alleged corruption, fraud and smuggling of suspected stolen vehicles out of South Africa, ”said Captain Maluleke.

“The arrests are a culmination of a Hawks’ investigative project dubbed “Mirror” aimed at addressing corrupt and illegal activities which includes, smuggling of suspected stolen vehicles through Beitbridge Border Post.

“The five police officers who were stationed at Tom Burke SAPS and the border post as well as  the home affairs official and three runners, were under Hawks’ radar since 2016 following complaints from members of the public,” said Captain Maluleke.

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