Hawks impersonator appears in court

PRETORIA�40 year old Lazarus Mabotja appeared briefly at the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s court for extortion and impersonation on Friday, 28 June 2019.

Mabotja from Soshanguve, who used the alias Captain Ngobeni, was arrested on Thursday, 27 June 2019, after he attempted to extort R300 000 from a former Mayor. He is expected to appear again at the same court on 05 July 2019 pending verification of his address and previous convictions. Mabotja was formerly convicted of murder and robbery and he is currently released on parole.

During his arrest, he was found with a number of blank arrest warrants, search warrants, the Pretoria Regional Court date stamp and a fake correspondence letter with a Hawks logo. He was also in full Hawks uniform.

Mabotja’s arrest bring to three the number of bogus Hawks officers thus far. Former SAPS Constable Rynno du Plessis (30) was arrested at the beginning of June inside Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre and Gabriel Paul (40) was also arrested in Johannesburg. They will both appear in different dates next month.

Source: South African Police Service