Bogus police officer behind bars for possession of unlicensed firearm and impersonation of police

JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL – Police apprehended a 45-year-old male for impersonating police, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition at corner Sauer and Gwigwi Mrwebi Street on 15 of September 2022 at 15:00.

Police were busy with their routine crime prevention duties when they saw a suspicious male changing direction when seeing them. They stopped him and he told the police that he is a Police Captain working at Diepkloof Police Station. They asked for his appointment certificate; he tried to run away but he was cornered. They searched him and recovered an unlicensed firearm with live ammunition, fake appointment certificate, driver’s license of someone from Democratic Republic of Congo and South African ID belonging to someone else.

The firearm has a serial number and shows that it belongs to a 54-year-old male residing at North West Province. If the rightful owner failed to report it stolen; he will be charged with negligence loss of a firearm. The firearm will be sent to ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in the commission of other serious and violent crimes. Suspect will be appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 19 September 2022.

Johannesburg Central Station Commander Brigadier Perumal commended good work done by the police. He elaborated further that bogus cops are tarnishing the image of the police; unlicensed firearms are used to rob and kill innocent people.

Source: South African Police Service