Two members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) were arrested in Mpumalanga for allegedly being involved in drug trafficking and corruption on Wednesday.
The Mpumalanga Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation DPCI (Hawks) has confirmed that two of its police officers, Macdonald Skhumbuzo Masilela (32) and Duo Sibusiso Silas Shabangu (41) have been arrested with the assistance of the National Intervention Unit on Wednesday at Jeeps Reef.
According to the Hawks, the two members were arrested in a pre-dawn operation following an extended investigation which commenced in 2016.
They are alleged to be part of a syndicate that is allegedly involved in the distribution and tranportation of drugs from Swaziland to South Africa.
“During their arrests Masilela was found in possession of unlicensed rifle and ammunition at his house while in Shabangu’s house, members of the police traced two duplicate dockets from Schoemansdal SAPS,” said the Hawks in a statement.
“The matter has been referred to the Hawks serious corruption Unit for further investigation,” the police added.
The two suspects appeared at the Tonga Magistrate Court after their arrest on charges of drugs trafficking, corruption and illegal possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition and they were granted R1000.00 bail each.
Following an investigation Masilela is expected to appear back on court on 7 March 2018 at the same court whilst Shabangu case was transferred to Nelspruit Magistrate Court and will appear again on 15 March 2018.