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Two Rustenburg police officers accused of soliciting R500 bribe get bail

Two police officers appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on charges of corruption after soliciting a R500 bribe to release a suspect.

OFFICERS SOLICIT MONEY FROM SUSPECT’S MOTHER 

Sergeant Ruth Nkotsoe (42) and Constable Mosimanekgosi Leburu (34) appeared in court on Wednesday after they were arrested on Tuesday, 10 May 2022.

“The accused were apprehended by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit (ACIU) during a controlled undercover operation,”

provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said.

An 18-year-old Lesotho national, was arrested on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, in Marikana for contravention of Section 49(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002). 

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The accused police officers then initiated communication with his mother and demanded a R500 bribe from her for the release of her son.

“The suspect was taken to court for his appearance on Thursday, 5 May 2022. 

“However, the case was not placed on the roll and the suspect was released.”

Brigadier Mokgwabone said.

The two police officers allegedly kept the 18-year-old man’s passport and ordered him to pay them R500.

The police officers were arrested Tuesday after the matter was reported to the police.

POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES WARNED 

The officers were each granted R5000 bail and will appear again in court on Tuesday, 27 September 2022.

The North West Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena cautioned police officers involved in criminal activities. 

“That will not be tolerated within the ranks of the South African Police Service (SAPS),”

Lieutenant General Kwena said.

He commended members of the community for teaming up with the police in ensuring that the accused officers are exposed and arrested. 

Kwena reiterated that no mercy will be shown to employees who act in a manner that is dishonest and tarnishes the image of the police.

DEBIT ORDER SYNDICATE DUO ARRESTED

Meanwhile, this week the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, two more people in the R99 debit order scam.

The latest suspects are a father-son duo running a call centre in Durban. Ravenda Singh (50), and his son Andrew (26) were arrested on Wednesday, 4 May 2022, in Johannesburg.

“The duo handed themselves in at the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Johannesburg and were charged with fraud.

On the same day, the pair appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court and were each granted R30 000 bail,”

said Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.

ALSO READ: Hawks: Duo arrested over R99 debit order syndicate – MILLIONS ‘lost’ 

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