They were employed to work in partnership with the communities, to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens, but instead of excuting their job professionally they were involved in smuggling dagga.
The ten police officers who were arrested on Wednesday in Kwazu-Natal, are facing charges of corruption linked to dagga smuggling.
South African authourities said the officers appeared in two different magistrate courts on Thursday.
“They appeared in the Lady Smith Court and Bergville Magistrate Court respectively. They have been released on bail of R1000 each”, said police publist Jay Naicker.
All ten Police officers will return to court on Monday.
Naicker said the suspects were arrested after a long term investigation which was conducted in Bergville area to stem the increase of dagga smuggling.
In their investigations, it was discovered that some police officers were involved in the syndicate and were also aiding the smugglers.
“After excuting an intensive investigation, it was discovered that these smugglers were aided by police officers and our provincial detectives and other operational units arrested the suspects”, said Naicker.
The suspects aged between 30 and 55 were stationed at Upper Tugela, Ematsheni and Bergville South African Police Services (SAPS).