Caught taking a bribe: two Durban cops arrested

2011-06-22 00:00

TWO Durban police officers accused of demanding a bribe from a taxi owner were arrested yesterday.

They had arrested the man for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The 39-year-old warrant officer and the 37-year-old constable, who are attached to Durban Dog Unit, were arrested by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD). It is alleged that after catching the taxi owner with the firearm, they solicited R15 000 from him, with a promise that they would not testify against him.

It is alleged that the taxi owner reported the two officers to the ICD, and a trap was set for them. They were persuaded to accept an amount of R5 000 and told that the balance would follow later.

ICD spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, said the accused, who are charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice, will appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on June 22.

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