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Policemen arrested after syndicate bust

More police officers working with organised crime syndicates are expected to be arrested.

Authorities say more arrests of police officers working with organised crime syndicates are expected. Picture: sxc.hu

JOHANNESBURG - Police say two business robbery syndicates that have recently been uncovered have been operating with the same modus operandi as the infamous OR Tambo gang.

Eighteen people, including 11 officials from the South African Revenue Service, four police officers and two officers from the Gauteng traffic police were arrested in connection with robberies in the Johannesburg CBD, Langlaagte and Randburg in which foreign business owners had been targeted.

The arrests were carried out by the police's National Investigation Unit, set up to tackle corruption within the force and root out syndicates masquerading as South African Police Service officials.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale says they will prioritise the issue because it has a damaging effect on the reputation of the force.

"This has a much bigger impact on the police's reputation because it is a direct link between the action of police officers and the trust that the communities have in the police."

Authorities say more arrests of police officers working with organised crime are expected in the future.

The OR Tambo gang was targeting travellers leaving OR Tambo International Airport, using a blue light to pull them over and rob them at gunpoint.

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