A police impersonator has been caught and arrested by law enforcement officers in Khayelitsha while taking a nap in-between robberies.
Law Enforcement officers were recently deployed in Hanover Park, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Bishop Lavis, and Delft through the provincial Safety Plan. Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz explains that while on patrol in Khayelitsha, the officers acted on a tip-off to arrest the fake cop.
“Over the past weekend, it was reported that whilst LEAP law enforcement was on patrol in Site C, Khayelitsha, members of the community flagged the law enforcement down and provided a tip-off to the staff on a suspect whose modus operandi includes impersonating a police officer and robbing people of their belongings,” he said.
Working with the SAPS Crime Prevention Unit, the team arrived at the residence of the suspect. His mother opened the door and informed SAPS and law enforcement that her son was asleep. She called him and allowed the staff to enter.
“Upon investigation, a SAPS bulletproof vest together with a cap and jacket was found as well as 3 rounds of ammunition. The suspect was then arrested and transported to Khayelitsha SAPS and processed,” said Fritz.
“It is incredibly reassuring to see our LEAP officers fighting crime and making citizens feel safe. Their deployment is making a tangible difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our society as they are deployed in areas most affected by crime. I further welcome the cordial way in which SAPS and LEAP officers are working together to root out crime,” said Minister Fritz.
The minister adds that since police deployment in Hanover Park, there have been no shooting incidents.
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