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3 cops among those arrested in connection with CT extortions - Cele

The minister has also revealed 106 extortion cases have been opened in the city since January this year.

Police Minister Bheki Cele (M) gave an update of extortion cases in Cape Town on 8 April 2021. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele has on Thursday confirmed that three police officers are being investigated for extortion in Cape Town.

The minister has also revealed 106 extortion cases have been opened in the city since January this year.

Sixty-seven cases are still under investigation.

Cele has revealed SAPS members are among those charged.

“Those are not police officers; those are criminals and they’ll be treated like all other criminals. They also include protectors of ministers and deputy ministers.”

Cele said when concern was first raised around extortion rackets last year, they seemed to be targeting formal businesses such as restaurants and bars.

It then became apparent criminals were also targeting the transport industry and construction sites.

Cele warned the phenomenon of extortion through kidnapping and the extortion of residents and workers were also on the rise.

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