Police officers arrested for violating lockdown rules

Twelve police officers, including one reservist, were arrested over the weekend for alleged corruption and alleged violation of National Disaster Management regulations. Some were arrested for drinking at a tavern and others for stealing money from a group of people passing through a roadblock. #Day25ofLockdown Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Twelve SAPS members, including a reservist, were arrested over the weekend for alleged corruption and violation of National Disaster Management regulations.

Some were arrested for drinking at a tavern.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said the majority of law enforcement has been working well at enforcing the newly-instituted regulations and disavowed the actions of those rule-breakers.

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Police said in a statement that five officers and a reservist attached to the Namahadi Police Station in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State were arrested after they allegedly took part in drinking alcohol at a local tavern.

Six officers from the Brooklyn and Silverton Police Stations in Pretoria were arrested on Saturday after members of the Mpumalanga Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit received information that the officers had stolen over R30,000 in cash from a group of people passing through a roadblock.

In the third incident, a member was detained after he held a gathering at the police barracks in Soshanguve.

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The officers face criminal charges and internal departmental processes will follow.

Meanwhile, a couple has been arrested in Gauteng for violating lockdown regulations after a routine roadblock on the N12 found a man attempting to smuggle a woman out of the province.

The man was stopped and his vehicle was searched at a roadblock when a woman was found in the boot of the car.

READ: SA lockdown: Roadblocks tighten, only essential travel permitted

The pair was reportedly en route to Mpumalanga.

He was travelling without a permit and she was arrested for consenting to be smuggled.

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