Suspects arrested for theft and impersonating police officials

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The Station Commander of SAPS Temba, Brigadier Johannes Tau applauded his members who acted swiftly and managed to trace the suspect who has reportedly impersonated a police officer around the area of Temba.

A 20-year-old man was arrested in Eersterust, recently after he received money from a complainant.

It is alleged that the suspect is from Soshanguve and met with the complainant in Eersterust as per their appointment. The suspect tricked the complainant into paying R500 to be considered for a police trainee job and further demanded R600 for a medical assessment. The victim allegedly only paid R500 through EFT and allegedly still had to pay the remaining balance yesterday.

Members of SAPS Temba obtained information on the suspect and proceeded to the identified address of the suspect in Soshanguve. The search led the members to recover a SAPS cap, police masks, and SAPS application forms.

Brigadier Johannes Tau urges community members to be vigilant and refrain from paying any amount of money for job vacancies.

“SAPS application forms are not for sale and are only found at police stations and on the official SAPS website after any vacancies were advertised.

“People should not fall into this kind of trap and should always verify with the relevant department about such posts,” said Brigadier Tau.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Moretele Magistrate Court in due cause facing charges of impersonating a police official and theft.