Cops arrested after series of heists

After a three year undercover operation, the Hawks arrested two criminal masterminds.

The arrests were a result of a three year undercover operation led by the Hawks.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have confirmed two senior crime intelligence policemen were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly masterminding a series of heists.

The two men are suspected of being part of a group of five.

The Times reported the arrests were a result of a three-year undercover operation led by the Hawks and came after the group had allegedly planned a heist on trucks transporting gold and bullion to the South African Reserve Bank.

The Hawks's Paul Ramaloko said, "We can confirm they are members of the police and there is questioning [underway] regarding armed robbery and attempted murder. Whoever is responsible will face the law regardless of their position."

The two officers are expected to appear in the Sasolburg Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Last month the police confirmed a major-general in charge of the Hawks in Mpumalanga was arrested for fraud.

Simon Mapayane stands accused of filing fraudulent travel claims.

Provincial police officers arrested him and took him to court. Mapayane was granted R1,000 bail. He is due to appear in court again on 26 June.

At the time officials said the Hawks boss had not yet been suspended but internal processes had started.

They would not elaborate on the charges Mapayane was facing.