BERGVILLE – Ten police officers appeared at the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 11, for corruption charges.
These police officers aged between 30 and 55 were immediately served with notices informing them that they are suspended from the SAPS. All ten of these police officers were stationed at Upper Tugela, Ematsheni and Bergville SAPS.
During the investigation, the team received information that the suspected police officers were complicit in the drug smuggling and were in some cases aiding the smugglers. For the duration of the investigation several members were under extensive surveillance during dagga smuggling operations in the Upper Tugela and Bergville areas. Following an intensive investigation, the suspects were swiftly arrested by Provincial Detectives and other operational units
They were released by the court on bail of R1000-00 each and their cases were remanded to 15 August 2016. These arrests are a result of a long term multi-disciplinary investigation conducted in the Bergville area to curb the smuggling of dagga.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the arrest of these police officials. “It is totally unacceptable to find police officers complicit in the trafficking of drugs. These arrests once again demonstrates that the SAPS is willing to act on police officers that are accused of committing crimes. As the investigation progresses, we can expect more arrests,” she said.