Three police officers arrested for kidnapping


By Agreement Mabunda

MOKOPANE-Three police members from the Mahwelereng police station briefly appeared before the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court yesterday (June 18) facing charges of kidnapping and extortion.

Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba says that Constable Tebatso Sinkie Leso (30), Sergeant Risimati Vongani Mbhenyani (42) and Sergeant Madimetja Phillimon Mokebe (52) were remanded in custody as their case was postponed to Friday (June 21) for legal representation and further police investigations.

The trio were apprehended at their respective residences on Sunday following police investigations that were executed by the Limpopo Provincial Anti-Corruption and Organised Crime Investigation Unit.

“It is alleged that on June 13, a 21-year-old male complainant was travelling with five male Ethiopian nationals en route to the Marabastad Home Affairs in Gauteng to renew their asylum documents when he was blocked by a grey Hyundai sedan with an unknown registration number at a filling station in Mokopane. The complainant managed to escape and was followed by a Mahwelereng SAPS Isuzu bakkie and VW Golf GTI with a female and two male occupants in uniform,” says Ledwaba.

The complainant later went to Mokopane and Mahwelereng SAPS to enquire as to his passengers’ whereabouts but was unable to locate them.

A case was opened at Mahwelereng police station that was transferred to the Limpopo Provincial Anti-Corruption and Organised Crime Investigation Unit for further investigation which led to the police members’ apprehension.

The duo is expected to appear before the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court today (June 19).

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