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Three people have been detained for attempting to bribe cops with R800,000 in a poultry sting

Three suspects — two men and a woman – were detained for fraud and corruption at City Deep after being discovered with 27 000 kg of poultry meat, according to Gauteng police on Friday.

Colonel Dimakatso Sello, a police spokesperson, stated that the K9 unit, along with officers of the Organized Crime Narcotics Unit, followed up on intelligence information regarding people who were diverting commodities to avoid paying customs charges and VAT (value added tax).

The suspects allegedly attempted to bribe police with R800,000 in cash.

"The tip led the police to a storage facility in City Deep, where a shipment of 27 000 kg of poultry meat was discovered loaded in a truck."

The two individuals were arrested for violating the Customs and Excise Act, as well as for fraud and corruption. In order to avoid arrest, one of the accused launched a R800 000-00 bribe to members. "The woman who brought the money was also arrested on suspicion of corruption," Sello stated.

Further inquiry led the police to another company suspected of scamming SARS [South African Revenue Service]. During the investigation, four containers containing imported poultry meat were discovered, and the owner was unable to show legal documents."

According to Sello, the Gauteng provincial commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has congratulated the police officers for their dedication to battling corruption and exposing individuals who attempt to bribe the police.

Members' positive attitude, honesty, and integrity in respecting and implementing the law as prescribed by the country's Constitution is noteworthy. Continue to serve our communities with pride and loyalty, following to the SAPS code of conduct and to those few elements within the service who take bribes, knowing that the arm of the law is long and you will undoubtedly be exposed and face the power of the law," he added.

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