Cops held after demanding bribe from suspect

2010-05-07 00:00

TWO senior South African Police Force officers were arrested after being caught in possession of an alleged R5 000 that they had just demanded from a suspect in Durban on Wednesday evening.

The names of the warrant officers have been withheld pending their court appearance. They allegedly collected the money at their offices at Sydenham Police Station at about 5 pm.

“Soon after they got the money, members of the Organised Crime Unit moved in and arrested both of them,” said police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker.

Naicker said the money was found in both warrant officers’ possession, but he could not say how much was found on each of them.

He said they also arrested the suspect, who had robbed another person at gunpoint in Sydenham.

“We don’t want to say much about the [armed robbery] suspect because he is now our informant.

“We do get cases of corruption involving our members, and as soon as they are committed we move in and make arrests,” Naicker said.

He said the two officers, who have been charged with corruption, have been kept in police holding cells.

The arrest brings to five the number of officers who have been arrested for demanding bribes in the space of a week in the province.

Phakamani Khumalo (23), Vusumuzi Vincent Mathe (38) and Thokozani Khoza from the Road Traffic Inspectorate in Vryheid were each granted R2 000 bail by the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They allegedly took a bribe of R300 from a minibus transporting government officials on April 30.

The organised crime unit found the three officers with marked bank notes, which they had received from the minibus driver.

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