Two cops from Manenberg, who tried to intercept an apparent diamond deal and steal the uncut stones for themselves, are behind bars after they were caught in a trap.
The suspects, a newly appointed lieutenant-colonel, 53, and a constable, 33, were arrested at the Manenberg SAPS on Wednesday.
Acting station commander, Colonel Sanele Zama, says the case has confused everyone after the cops were dragged into their own station by the Flying Squad.
“What we have been told is that the two members were allegedly part of a diamond deal in Montana,” Zama said.
“They were on duty and left the station allegedly in their private vehicles which they had fitted with blue lights and gone to Montana.
The officers knew that some guy from Springbok was coming to try and sell uncut diamonds and so they intercepted the deal in Montana to try and steal the stones.
They allegedly kidnapped a man and woman involved in the deal, but were pulled over by cops.
“They even allegedly abducted a coloured man and woman involved in the deal and it was found that the stones were fake.
Zama says it has since been established that officers from other stations were apparently also involved and the group had planned to “scare” the smugglers with the blue lights and police bullet proof vests.
The officers were charged for the (illegal use of the) lights and the vests.