Cop caught for extortion

2011-07-29 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit arrested a Howick police sergeant for extortion on Wednesday afternoon.

The police officer, whose name was withheld, is to appear in court today allegedly for soliciting a R15 000 bribe to make a case go in favour of Moses Madondo, who is out on bail on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Madondo was convicted in September 2008.

Madondo claimed the police officer implicated him in the crimes and took statements from witnesses to get him convicted.

In November last year Madondo was granted bail and as the case proceeded the police officer allegedly solicited bribes from the accused to make the case go away.

“In November last year the man told me that if I paid him R15 000 he would tamper with the evidence and the statements made by the witnesses against me.

“Since I was already granted bail and knew that the truth will come out, I decided to inform the police about this.

“The organised crime unit members arranged the money yesterday [Wednesday] and I met with the cop at a local bank in Howick for the handover.

“As he took the money the police arrested him,” said Madondo.

He said ammunition, which does not belong to the state, was found in his car.

The Witness has been reliably informed that the police officer is to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court next week for sentencing on charges of extortion.

It is understood that he is still carrying out his police duties despite the fact that he had been found guilty of extortion.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the police officer will appear in court in Pietermaritzburg today charged with extortion.

“I cannot comment about why the Ladysmith matter was dealt with in the manner it was because I was not informed.

“But for this matter he was charged and will appear in court tomorrow ,” said Naidoo.

Howick police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said he served a notice of suspension on the police officer yesterday.

Asked why the police officer had not been suspended following his conviction in Ladysmith, Moodley said there had been an internal hearing and that he has not been convicted.

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