A 38-year-old man has been apprehended in Musgrave, Durban, after being found in possession of rock cocaine and a fraudulent police identification card.
The suspect, a foreign national, is now facing charges of impersonating a police officer, possession of drugs, and fraud. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
According to SAPS spokesperson Col Robert Netshiunda, the arrest took place when police officers in Berea were carrying out their crime prevention duties.
They stopped and searched the individual, leading to the discovery of the illicit substances and the counterfeit police ID.
Further investigation at the suspect’s residence revealed additional fraudulent documents, including fishing permits, police identification cards, and refugee asylum work permits. In addition, a police date stamp and 15 rounds of ammunition were also found.
The police have seized a computer and other equipment believed to have been used in the production of fraudulent documents. These items will undergo further investigation to gather evidence against the suspect.
This arrest highlights the diligent efforts of the South African Police Service in combating crime and ensuring the safety of the community.
Impersonating a police officer and engaging in fraudulent activities are serious offences that undermine public trust and the integrity of law enforcement. The SAPS remains committed to upholding the law and bringing those responsible for such crimes to justice.
Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activities or individuals to the police, as community involvement is crucial in maintaining a safe and secure environment for all.