Seven police officers from the West Rand Flying Squad are scheduled to appear in the Westonaria Magistrate’s Court to answer a corruption charge.
Colonel Philani Nkwalase, a Hawks spokeswoman, said that the seven police officers are between 42 to 55 years.
He stated that the seven will appear in court on June 19 after being served with summonses.
“They were served with court summons (J175) by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation (SCI) team based in West Rand from 1– 6 June 2023,” Nkwalase said.
“On 14 May 2020, during hard lockdown, the police officials allegedly visited a tuck shop in Bekkersdal looking for cigarettes as the sale of cigarettes was prohibited for the period.
“They reportedly found cigarettes after searching the tuck shop and the back room,” he said.
When the owner of the business was arrested, the police team allegedly removed R40 000 from the safe and did not record it in the exhibit register.
“The matter was reported to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation for further exploration that resulted in the charge of corruption,” Nkwalase said.