A group of seven individuals, consisting of four police officers and a Tshwane metro police officer, are scheduled to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
They are facing charges of corruption, armed robbery, and kidnapping.
In the past week, the Hawks, a special police unit, arrested two men who were wearing complete police uniforms.
These arrests were made following their alleged involvement in an armed robbery that occurred two weeks ago in Malvern, located in the eastern part of Johannesburg.
According to Philani Nkwalase, a spokesperson for the Hawks, it is reported that ten suspects, two of whom were dressed as police officers, forcibly entered a businesswoman’s residence.
They threatened the occupants, demanded money and a mobile phone, and proceeded to search the house.
The suspects then coerced the complainant into opening her banking application and requested an immediate transfer of R200,000 from her business account. However, the bank declined to process the transaction on such short notice.
The suspects then took the businesswoman with them to the bank, where she was supposed to withdraw funds from her savings account.
They also urged her to gather additional money from her relatives. The estimated amount lost by the businesswoman during the robbery is approximately R83,000.
The Hawks are currently still searching for the remaining three suspects.