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Hawks nab police TRT member for colluding with 'unsavoury underworld characters' in Western Cape

Hawks nab police TRT member for colluding with 'unsavoury underworld characters' in Western Cape

A police tactical response team (TRT) member has been arrested for corruption after allegedly peddling information to “unsavoury characters” in the Western Cape underworld.

The Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) said on Monday that the 39-year-old member was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of “proliferation of information to unsavoury characters operating in the Western Cape underworld”.

The suspect was arrested during an intelligence-driven operation by the national task team investigating gang-related activities.

“It's alleged that the suspect had between 2019 and 2020 [been] enticed by an underworld figure to infiltrate the anti-gang unit and supply them with information relating to operations of the underworld figure in return for gratification,” the Hawks said in a statement.

The suspect and three accomplices will appear at the Bishop Lavis magistrate’s court on Tuesday. 

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