Traffic officers allegedly rob businessman on N1 near Bloemfontein

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Police in the Free State have confirmed the arrest of two provincial traffic officers after they allegedly stole a substantial amount of money from a motorist travelling on the N1 near Bloemfontein.

Police spokesperson, Loraine Earl, says the police investigation continues and is at a sensitive stage. Meanwhile OFM News has learnt from a reliable source the officers pulled over a car travelling on the N1 near Glen on Sunday evening. The driver of the car, was a businessman.

While the traffic officers inspected the businessman’s car another car pulled over. According to information the traffic officers claimed the businessman was travelling in a stolen car and did not have the correct number plates.

The businessman allegedly became suspicious and drove away, followed by the officers in their official car. The other car that initially pulled over when the businessman was stopped by the traffic officers was part of the pursuit. The officers eventually managed to pull the businessman’s car over. He was arrested for reckless and negligent driving and taken to the Glen Police Station.

According to information the traffic officers left the man handcuffed at the station and drove off. It was then established about R100 000, that was in the boot of the businessman’s car, was missing. After an investigation the officers were arrested on various charges including  theft.

They are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today.

OFM News has learnt that the businessman was on his way to buy stock in Johannesburg when he was pulled over.

CHRISTAL-LIZE MULLER / OFM News