Bribery: Accused cop has heart trouble

2013-02-21 00:00

THE magistrate’s court heard yesterday that a Pietermaritzburg policeman, Manogran Naicker (48), who faces allegations of accepting bribes totalling more than R100 000, had been hospitalised with a heart condition.

Naicker’s case came before Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh, but in his absence, the matter was adjourned to tomorrow.

Warrant Officer Mduduzi Ndlovu, the investigating officer, told Singh he was not opposed to the accused being granted bail.

He also confirmed that he had been informed by the defence attorney, Anand Pillay, that Naicker was suffering from heart problems.

The defence yesterday told the court that it was obtaining doctors’ notes to that effect.

Naicker faces two charges of corruption over allegations that he accepted benefits worth R97 000 from Riaaz Mahomed in the Pietermaritzburg CBD and surrounding area between 2009 and 2012, in exchange for promises that charges against him would be withdrawn.

It is alleged that he told Mahomed that to withdraw the cases, he had to pay the public prosecutor and his colleagues.

In fact, it is alleged, he was taking the money for himself.

The second charge of corruption relates to Mahomed’s alleged payment of a bribe of R7 000 to Naicker at the Hayfields Mall on Tuesday.

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