Two Rogue Cops In Jail For Highway Robberies

Two Kuruman police officers turned rogue appeared in the Mothibistad Regional Court facing charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, and attempted murder.

Sergeant Monageng Joy Makoke (37) and Constable Walter Setidisho (31) were arrested on Monday morning by the Hawks assisted by police tactical response and crime intelligence teams.

The policemen from Kuruman crime prevention were allegedly involved in a syndicate that used police detachable blue lights to stop motorists.

They would then rob the motorists of their cash, cell phones and other valuables at gunpoint.

Complainants said the crimes were committed along the N14 near Kuruman, a town with just over 13 000 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province.

The matter was referred to the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in August 2020, after complaints were reported at the local police station.

The Hawks probe revealed that the alleged perpetrators were members of the South African Police Service.

During their arrest on Monday a white Volkswagen Polo, allegedly used in the commission of crime was seized.

The pair were remanded in custody and will next appear in court on 28 September 2021, when they are expected to apply for bail.

The Hawks are appealing to motorists and possible victims who may have been attacked by the rogue policemen to forward.