Man posing as crooked cop is bust

2009-07-08 00:00

A MAN who posed as a police officer was arrested for impersonating a police officer, extortion and fraud after he duped an elderly man who was facing charges of drunk driving into paying him money to make other ficticious cases disappear.

Freedom Oscar Zuma appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court after he was caught taking a “bribe” for the withdrawal of “charges”.

Zuma allegedly extorted a total of R3 100 from the elderly man — only identified as “Madlala” — who had appeared in the Pietermaritzburg court on a drunk driving charge.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said Zuma allegedly attends court appearances and waits for the accused to be released on bail.

“He approaches the accused on the pretence that he is a police official and that he has other cases against the person and that a certain amount of money paid to him can ensure the withdrawal of the cases.

“He ensures that he has sufficient information about the accused person, which he gathers during the court hearing … ”

Zuma was nabbed on Monday while accepting money from Madlala.

He told Madlala he was a police officer and threatened to arrest him for running a red light. He also said Madlala had two fines pending amounting to R3 000. He then told him to pay R1 500 to “make the tickets disappear”. Madlala withdrew the money and paid Zuma.

According to the investigating officer, Zuma phoned his victim a few days later and demanded more money.

Madlala’s family realised that Zuma was blackmailing them and contacted the police.

Police appealed to other people who may have had similar experiences to contact Detective Inspector Vincent Madlala at 033 845 2760 or 084 649 8242.

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