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Zimbabwean national arrested for impersonating traffic cop

The Gauteng Traffic Police has arrested three suspects for impersonating traffic police officers in Midrand. One of them, a Zimbabwean national.

MIDRAND: Gauteng Traffic Police officers attached to the Central Corridor arrested three male suspects aged 34, 41 and 45 respectively along the R562 Road in Midrand this morning, Wednesday the 26th of October 2022 after being found impersonating Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) officers.

According to the Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson, Sello Maremane, the members of the Gauteng Traffic Police were conducting a routine roadside check when they noticed a suspicious white Nissan NP 300 approaching them. “The officers immediately stopped it, upon inspecting the license disc, the officers noticed that it was suspicious. The officers asked the occupants to step out of the vehicle to enable them to search them together with their car. The officers then noticed an EMPD uniform dressed by a 34-year-old Zimbabwean national.”

Maremane said, “The officers interrogated the suspects and established that they were not officers and the suspects offered to bribe the officers with an amount of R20 000.00 to evade arrest. The Gauteng Traffic Police officers immediately arrested the suspects and detained them at Midrand police station. The Gauteng Traffic Police recovered two full set of EMPD uniforms, 3 x traffic officers reflective jackets, EMPD boots, Jammers with 10 aerials and a car battery, Panga, 4 cellphones, and a replica Z 88/Beretta 9mm firearm. The Nissan NP 300 vehicle was also impounded by the officers.”

All three suspects are expected to appear in Midrand Magistrates Court on Thursday morning to face charges relating to unlawful possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, impersonating a law enforcement officer, corruption and possession of the Jammer.

“The Gauteng Traffic Police management commend the officers for acting swiftly to intercept the suspects and stopping them in their tracks. The Gauteng Traffic Police would like to caution anyone that it is unlawful to impersonate a law enforcement officer,” said Sello.

“The Gauteng Traffic Police would like to urge the Criminal Justice System to impose a harsher sentence against these suspects as they tarnish the reputation of hard-working law enforcement officers in the province,” he added.

The Gauteng Traffic Police urge motorists to report any suspicious criminals on Gauteng roads. The Gauteng Traffic Police and various law enforcement agencies will be on high alert in order to stop criminals in their tracks of impersonating law enforcement officers.

All content and images provided by the Gauteng Department of Community Safety.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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