State prosecutor caught red-handed

2013-07-09 17:12

A state prosecutor will spend the night behind bars following a dramatic arrest at the Durban Magistrates’ Court today.

The 33-year-old was caught red-handed after allegedly receiving police-marked money from an advocate she had tried to bribe.

It has emerged that while the woman is paid to ensure that criminals go to jail, she elicited a bribe of R1 000 from an advocate whose client she was prosecuting in a fraud and assault case.

In a statement, the police’s Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the arrest was as a result of a crime intelligence-driven operation, which was led by KwaDukuza cluster commander Brigadier Derek Captain-Hastibeer.

“Upon the arrangement between the victim and the prosecutor, a cash lump sum totalling R1 000 was allegedly handed over to the prosecutor. The officers entered the court while the court was in session,” Mdunge said.

“A search was conducted after she was told of the police investigation process. An amount of R1 000 cash was found in her possession, which matched the copies of the marked police trap money used,” he added.

Mdunge said a sworn statement was obtained from the advocate and the “trap money” would be used as an exhibit.

Natasha Ramkisson, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the province, confirmed the arrest.

She said the prosecutor would appear for a bail application tomorrow on charges of corruption.

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