Three suspects were arrested for extortion after trying to stop construction on a settlement in Pretoria. The trio reportedly intimidated employees and said police said that if their demands were not met, no further work would take place on the site.
TRIO Arrested for extortion
The three suspects – aged 30, 35 and 45 – are charged with extortion, harassment and intimidation, according to Gauteng police. The trio allegedly stormed the construction site in Silverton, Tshwane, threatening the site manager and staff, and demanding that the project be stopped unless they get a stake in the project, South African Police Service (SAPS) spokeswoman Captain Mavela Masondo said .
“The Tshwane District Provincial Police Task Force was informed of the intimidation and immediately went to the scene and found the suspects who stopped the project,” said the spokesman.
The Suspects have been charged and are due to appear in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, July 21st.
Acting Provincial Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Tommy Mthombeni welcomed the arrests, saying that individuals were “legal If you disturb active developers, “
” We will not allow hooligans to crack down on legal projects and prosecute their illegal behavior by telling other people harassment and intimidation, ”said Mthombeni.
HAWKS BUST HOME AFFAIRS AGENT AND TAXI OPERATOR FOR CORRUPTION
On another matter, the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Pretoria arrested three suspects – two men and one woman – and charged them with corruption and extortion on Saturday, July 17th.
“On Saturday, the investigation team reacted quickly to an alleged blackmail incident reported that it was 37-year-old Boitumelo Anna Kope who is employed as a call center agent at the Ministry of the Interior in Pretoria,” said Hawks spokesman Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu .
According to police, Kope allegedly requested R250000 from the person who alerted authorities, claiming they were correcting an allegedly fraudulent document that would allow a faster application for citizenship.
Kope was arrested with R15000 in cash while her accomplices, taxi drivers named Wilson Modike Mohale, 25, and Sibusiso Jones Tshabala la, 32, were also arrested at the Bloed Mall in Pretoria.
The Pretoria Magistrates Court later dropped the Charges against Mohale and Tshabalala are suspended while the investigation continued. However, Kope has been held in custody until next Monday when she will make a formal request for bail.