On 22 January 2016, Esikhaleni police arrested a 43-year-old male from Ndaya Reserve for impersonating a police officer. The man went to a police station to report a case of house robbery that had allegedly occurred at his home. He introduced himself as the Major General, the Cluster Commander in Mpumalanga province. He failed to produce the proof of being a police officer.
Police investigation revealed that he was a parolee, released in 2013. Police seized the police t-shirt and a reflector jacket from his home and they discovered that his identity document was tampered with. He was then arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer, perjury and possession of stolen property. He is expected to appear in the Esikhaleni Magistrates’ Court today.
The KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended Esikhaleni police for their alertness and vigilant which led to the arrest of the suspect. “We will profile the suspect to ascertain if he can be linked to other criminal activities. We strongly condemned such behaviour by the people who impersonate as police officers,” she said.