Hawks ’disappointed’ by arrest of metal theft unit member

The Hawks described the arrest of two police officers as unfortunate and disappointing after they were...

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The Hawks described the arrest of two police officers as unfortunate and disappointing after they were linked to a multi-million rand precious metals syndicate.

Eight people that were implicated in the syndicate appeared in court on Friday after they were arrested on Thursday in simultaneous raids in Gauteng, the Free State and in the North West.

One of the suspects was a member of the Hawks’ precious metals unit. He is accused stealing gold and platinum confiscated by his former colleagues and selling it back to people at the heart of this syndicate.

“The syndicate would intend giving fake metals," said the Hawks’ McIntosh Polela. “We would think we have authentic exhibits, [when] in fact what we would have is fake.”

Another police officer was allegedly on the syndicate’s payroll and would feed them information on investigations.

Polela said there was no room for corrupt officers in the ranks.

“There is no twilight zone. You can’t straddle both extremes and be a cop and a criminal,” he said.