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Nineteen government officials‚ including police officers‚ have been arrested in North West for corruption between January and September‚ according to the Hawks.

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This was announced on Tuesday during an Anti-Corruption Awareness Campaign in North West.

The officials include six traffic officials‚ three employees of the Department of Justice and ten police officers.

Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said;

“The campaign was aimed at sensitising‚ educating and warning public servants about the dangers of corruption and how the Hawks will pounce on them if they are found to be on the wrong side of the law.”

The Hawks outlined statistics revealing that a high number of government officials were being arrested and losing their jobs for corruption.

“[A police officer] was arrested for theft of exhibit money worth R45‚000 and was served the highest fine of R100‚000 or 5 years’ imprisonment‚” the Hawks said.

“As the Hawks‚ our aim is to curb fraud and corruption within government and private sector and in so doing‚ get that much closer to having a province and a country that boasts the most reputable government officials.”

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