Durban cops convicted in bribery case

2013-07-19 00:00

TWO Durban policemen have been convicted in a bribery case and given suspended sentences of eight years’ imprisonment each.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate investigated a complaint by Vusumuzi Mhlongo (32), who was arrested by Warrant Officer Surendren Moodley and Constable Dhanasagaren Naicker of the Durban Dog Unit, for possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The policemen arranged with Mhlongo that they would not attend his trial to testify, and the case was eventually withdrawn.

Afterwards, the policemen demanded R15 000 from Mhlongo for making the case “go away”.

They kept up their demands for money until Mhlongo reported the matter to the IPID, which arrested the policemen in a trap. A sum of R5 000 was recovered from Moodley.

Last week, the policemen pleaded guilty and were convicted. In addition to the eight-year suspended terms, they must serve three years’ correctional supervision under house arrest.

Naicker pleaded guilty during his departmental hearing and placed all the blame on Moodley, who had resigned from the SAPS.

Naicker was sentenced to a one-month suspension without pay by the SAPS disciplinary tribunal.

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