Orderly on charge for forged note

2011-09-28 00:00

A 43-YEAR-OLD police sergeant made a brief appearance in the Pietermaritzburg magistrates court yesterday for forgery and corruption, and was released on R500 bail.

Sergeant Lucky Biyase from Mphophomeni township, who was stationed at the magistrates court as an orderly, was arrested early yesterday when he reported for work.

Biyase is charged with forging an affidavit reflecting that Vincent Musawenkosi Nxumalo attended court on August 8 and 15. The charge sheet alleges that this was done to defraud Nxumalo’s employer, the Health Department.

Prosecutor Rene Padayachee did not oppose bail and asked for the case to be adjourned as they want to analyse cellphone records and the signature on the affidavit.

Magistrate Reard Abrahams granted bail and ordered him not to communicate with the state witness.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said all officers arrested for corruption will be suspended with immediate effect. “We are trying to root out all forms of corruption”.

mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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