Corrupt police officer arrested

2015-06-18 06:00

A Nyanga policeman has been arrested for extortion and corruption after he held a man at ransom and demanded R2000 to release him.

The 37-year-old constable was arrested on Friday after he was reported to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation.

“It is alleged that on 1 June 2015 the member attended to a complaint of domestic violence.

The suspect was not arrested, but the police member demanded money to release him.

Police said that the cop was paid R500, and on 08 June the Officer allegedly arrested the suspect but did not document his particulars, and instead demanded R2000 from the suspect where-after he was released,” said Van Wyk.

It is alleged that the suspect did not have the full amount requested and offered to pay the in instalments, but then reported the matter to the DPCI.

“A trap was set for the Police Officer to meet him at the Police Station, where the remainder of the cash would be handed over to him.

The 37year old Police Officer was immediately arrested and is in custody.

He will appear in court during this week,” said Van Wyk.

Van Wyk urged community members to report all cases of corruption and extortion where-after a full investigation will be conducted to identify the perpetrators

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