Bribery pair on bail

2010-12-04 00:00

TWO men were granted bail of R12 000 after they were arrested while trying to bribe a police officer to allow them to smuggle about R13 million worth of counterfeit branded shirts into the country.

The accused are a businessman from Pretoria and a official of Durban port. They were arrested at the Elangeni Hotel, where the businessman was going to hand over a bribe of R15 000 to the officer on November 29.

The businessman was granted bail of R10 000 while the port official was released on R2 000 at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Col. Vincent Mdunge said the businessman made an arrangement through the port official to bribe the officer. They had initially offered to pay a bribe of R70 000, but the amount was subsequently dropped to R15 000.

After the South African Police Force’s Anti-smuggling Unit’s officer had reported the matter to her superior on November 16, a trap was set. Mdunge said further arrests related to the case could still be made by the forfeiture and tax units.

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