Fake cop arrested in Soweto

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has arrested a 32-year-old man for impersonating a law enforcement official in Eldorado Park.

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla says the suspect was arrested at the Eldorado Park Shopping Center after community members informed them about a male who is not a police officer wearing a JMPD uniform.

“On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, whilst conducting crime prevention patrols in Eldorado Park, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Operations officers were approached by community members who indicated that they saw a male who is not a police officer wearing JMPD uniform.”

“The officers proceeded to the Eldorado Park Shopping Center where the male was last seen, and upon their arrival, they found the said male at the parking lot wearing a JMPD reflective jacket and cap,” said Fihla.

Fihla added that the male was questioned as to how he acquired the uniform, and he alluded that he obtained it from his friend but failed to disclose who his friend was.

The suspect was arraigned at the Eldorado Park SAPS, where a docket was opened for further investigation.

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