A South African female police officer, Angela Maluleke, 33, has been arrested for possession of hard drugs at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Brazil.

Maluleke from Giyani in Limpopo was arrested after she was allegedly found with six bricks of cocaine in her luggage.

The officer was en route Johannesburg when she was nabbed with the illegal substance.

The South Africa departmental spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said, “The South African Consulate in Sao Paulo is working with the Brazilian authorities and more information will be provided to us later.”

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's spokesman Vuyo Mhaga said the ministry was disappointed by the arrest because it tainted the image of the police.

He said, however, they were pleased that the arrest was made by Interpol SA in conjunction with Brazilian police.

A source close to the department told Sowetan Live that the South African Authorities were puzzled as to what Maluleke was doing in Brazil.