Hawks warn chancers not to hinder with murder probe

The Hawks say people have been providing them with false information in a bid to make a quick buck.

Constable Ben Koopman was shot in front of his house in February 2016. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjes/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Hawks have warned chancers not to hinder their investigations into the murder of an Eerste River Metro Police officer just to make a quick buck.

The unit says opportunists have been calling the police with false information related to the murder of officer Ben Koopman who was gunned down in front of his home last month.

The City of Cape Town is offering a R50,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the two gunmen responsible for the killing.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi says it was false information that led to the arrest of three men believed to be linked to Koopman's murder.

The suspects had to be released due to a lack of evidence.

Mulaudzi has reiterated the seriousness of providing police with information a caller knows to be false.

"People must call us with authentic information. Now there are chancers that want to use this opportunity to make a quick buck and it won't work."