Police officers in court over extortion allegations

2010-11-11 09:14

Two police officers were refused bail in the Durban Magistrates Court for allegedly extorting money from a Nigerian man, the Mercury reported today.

The two officers, from the Durban dog unit, were arrested during a sting operation set up by the Hawks two weeks ago.

Warrant Officer Thambisani Mbongeni Dladla (41) and Sergeant Jabulani Ngcobo (42) were allegedly caught extorting R20 000 from a Nigerian man who runs a tavern in Durban.

Both men were narcotics dog handlers.

The police officers appeared before court yesterday for bail a application.

The Mercury reported that in court, investigating Officer Captain Jageesh Devnarian Singh testified that the two men were allegedly part of a group involved in extortion for the past five years.

He told the court that the officer would allegedly search the homes of foreigners and “find drugs”.

The syndicate would allegedly ask for money for the foreigners to avoid arrest with the threat of being shot or having the dogs set on them.

The Hawks discovered the alleged crime when a Nigerian man told his lawyer that Ngcobo and Dladla had framed him for possession of cocaine and asked for money.

The man’s lawyer informed the Hawks and a sting was set up, with the Nigerian man being given marked notes to do a deal with.

Singh alleged that Dladla and Ngcobo went to the man’s tavern and the money was handed over.

The officers were arrested after R10 000 each was allegedly found on them.

Singh said more foreigners had come forward alleging that they too had been victims.

The matter was adjourned till December 2 for further investigation.

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