Mpumalanga Hawks is doing a sterling job of apprehending criminals, even if it means that they have to arrest fellow police officers.
Duo Sibusiso Silas Shabangu(41) and Macdonald Skhumbuzo Masilela (32) were arrested by members of Mpumalanga Hawks and National Intervention Unit from Pretoria in the early hours of Wednesday the 24th January 2018 at Jeeps Reef for Drug and Drugs Trafficking Act(dealing in drugs), corruption and illegal possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions . The arrest emanated from the long investigation which started in 2016 August until the suspects were arrested today.
The pair were dealing and assisting in transportation of drugs from Swaziland to South Africa. Several transactions took place from August 2016 until the suspects were arrested.
Masilela was found in possession of an unlicensed rifle and ammunitions. From Shabangu` s house two dockets were found. On investigation it was established that the dockets were investigated and filed at SAPS Schoemansdal. Original dockets were found in the station archive but Sgt Shabangu was found in possession of duplicate dockets. The matter was referred to Serious Corruption Unit (Hawks Mpumalanga) for further investigation.
The suspects appeared before Tonga Magistrate Court and they were granted R1000.00 bail each and the case for Masilela is postponed to 7 March 2018 and Tonga Magistrate Court and Shabangu’ s case is transferred to Nelspruit Court B on 15 March 2018 for further investigation.