Police in Philippi East in the Western Cape arrested a "wanted" man on Tuesday 19 May. The man was found dressed in an army-type uniform that closely resembled that of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) uniform.
Police officers who were performing crime prevention patrols in the area during the early hours of Tuesday morning stopped and searched the man on the street. It was only during the search that they realised the man was wanted for a string of crimes.
MAN IN ARMY UNIFORM WANTED FOR MURDER
The man dressed in army attire was found in Umkhombe Crescent Lower Cross Road with a 9mm firearm and ammunition in his possession.
"The suspect was recognised as a wanted suspect for murder and three attempted murders that took place in January in Lower Cross Road," said Police Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.
According to police the suspect in army attire is just 21-years-old but is not new to crime.
"The 21-year-old suspect has been involved in various crimes in Philippi-East including robberies, hijacking and murder. He will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court once he has been charged," she added.
DISGUISES DURING LOCKDOWN
On 27 April, there were at least five cases of people disguised as cops or army members.
If you weren't aware, it's a crime to impersonate either a police or army official. Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko, on 27 April, said five people were arrested in just a few days in Gauteng for impersonating a police officer, and an army and emergency service employee.
Three people dressed in SAPS regalia were arrested for stealing from someone who requested their help. The three suspects from Soshanguve were traced by the people they were imitating, and they were found to have more uniforms and stolen dockets in their motor vehicles.
A citizen was also busted for pretending to be an army soldier on the streets of Heidelberg. According to the Crime Air Network Initiative, a man with dreadlocks was arrested and charged for impersonating a member of the SANDF. The man was fully dressed in SANDF uniform and he was found casually walking along Voortrekker Avenue in Heidelberg.
ARMY MEMBER CAUGHT WITH BEER IN HIS BOOT
On 3 May, Police in Gauteng stopped an official in his army uniform at a roadblock on the N3 and discovered beer in his boot. Yes, during a nationwide alcohol ban.
According to Gauteng Community Safety, the law is set to "take its course" with the SANDF member. The crime –unlucky for him — was also witnessed by Gauteng MEC for Finance and Government Nomantu Nkomo Ralehoko who was inspecting the roadblock.