FS policeman allegedly drove get-away car

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A 38-year-old Free State policeman has been arrested this week for his alleged involvement in a botched business robbery in Bethlehem that dates back to March 2019.

The Hawks in the province say the policeman, Jani Mofokeng, was a part of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit when he was arrested and briefly appeared in court on Wednesday, July 21.

While details are sketchy, he is alleged to have driven the get-away vehicle in a botched business robbery where the business owner was shot in the back during a struggle with two of the robbers. Mofokeng, as a result, is facing an attempted murder charge. He will reappear in the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court on August 7. The Hawks are yet to comment on the latest development pertaining to Mofokeng’s accomplice/s.

In January 2019, the Free State Provincial Police Commissioner, Moeketsi Sempe, condemned the involvement of police officers in corrupt and criminal activities. He said one of the measures set in place to curb this problem, is the expeditious process which falls under the SAPS Discipline Regulations.

The process was put into effect by the former Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko in 2016 and Sempe is adamant the process is continuing to yield results. “Any allegation of that particular nature, we investigate it swiftly and we don’t hesitate, we dismiss the person,” warns the Provincial Police Commissioner.

OFM News/Olebogeng Motse