Police are aware of a video circulating on social media platforms

POTCHEFSTROOM - The South African Police Service (SAPS) management in the province is aware of a video circulating on various social media platforms wherein the station commander of Jouberton is accused of theft of money belonging to members of the so called Al Qaeda gang.

According to information at our disposal, members of Flying Squad were dispatched to Extension 7, Jouberton, on Saturday afternoon, 23 July 2022, after a complaint was received about men who allegedly extorted money from tuckshop owners. On their way to attend to the complaint, the members stopped when they spotted two suspicious vehicles; a Toyota Avanza and a BMW. Upon noticing the police, the occupants ran away, but two were immediately arrested while the third one was arrested later. Subsequent to searching of the vehicles, money was found in a plastic bag in the BMW. The men were taken to the police station where they refused to witness or participate in the counting of the money, which amounted to R3900.00. Consequently, the money was registered in the exhibit register and the suspects were arrested for Contravention of Section 9 read with 11 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998 (Act No. 121 of 1998) and possession of dangerous weapons.

The station commander was neither part of the team that effected the arrest nor counted the money. However, he granted permission for towing and safe keeping of the BMW.

The complainants, are therefore urged to lodge a formal complaint for investigation.

Meanwhile, the accused; Tshepo Gaborone (32), Paseka Sephanyane (32) and Thabiso Motlhanke (38) were each granted R500.00 bail upon appearance before the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 25 July 2022. They are expected to make a second court appearance on Tuesday, 30 August 2022.

Source: South African Police Service