Two top cops arrested

The officers were allegedly linked to crime syndicates targetting foreign-owned businesses.

FILE: The officers were allegedly linked to crime syndicates targetting foreign-owned businesses. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Two senior South African Police Service (SAPS) officials were dismissed on Tuesday after they were linked to crime syndicates targetting foreign-owned businesses.

Disciplinary hearings are expected to be held for two other officers who are believed to be operating syndicates in Gauteng.

The four are accused of producing fake search warrants to rob foreign-owned businesses of large sums of money.

Over the past six months, 70 police officers have been dismissed for corruption, attempted murder, armed robbery and several other crimes.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says a clean-up operation is underway to eradicate criminal activity within the force.

"We know that it [criminal activity] is there. The national police commissioner and the leadership of this organisation have made it very clear that they are going to focus on this [issue]."