GAUTENG – Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Pretoria apprehended three suspects, two males and a female and charged them for corruption and extortion on Saturday, 17 July.
On Saturday, the investigation team swiftly responded to a suspected extortion incident reported involving a 37 year old, Boitumelo Anna Kope employed by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria as a call centre agent.
It is reported that Kope allegedly demanded an amount of R250 000 from the complainant claiming that she will rectify the alleged fraudulent document for the smooth and quicker citizenship application process.
Kope was arrested in possession of the R15 000 entrapment cash together with her accomplice taxi operators, Wilson Modike Mohale (25) and Sibusiso Jones Tshabalala (32) at Bloed Mall in Pretoria.
The Pretoria Magistrates Court provisionally withdrew the charges against Mohale and Tshabalala pending investigation, however Kope was remanded in custody until next Monday where she will apply for formal bail.
The Provincial Head in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa applauded the investigation team for the immediate response and urge the public to report such criminality to authorities for further investigation.