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Cops in court for alleged extortion

2012-05-25 08:43

Cape Town - Two senior police officials appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday after allegedly trying to blackmail a fruit and vegetable hawker.

Warrant Officers Bruce Denzil Dirkse and Brian Julius face charges of attempted extortion.

According to the charge sheet, they are based at the Bellville railway station, where the hawker plied her trade.

The charge sheet alleges that Dirkse confiscated liquor in her possession on two occasions, and she reported him when he did so again in December.

He then demanded R270 to return her liquor.

She was able to pay only R130, and a surveillance operation was set up after Dirkse said he would return later for the remaining R140.

In the surveillance operation, the hawker was given the R140 to give to Dirkse, and when she did so Dirkse and Julius were arrested in a nearby building.

According to the charge sheet, police found Dirkse in possession of R40 in marked notes, and Julius in possession of a marked R100 note.

Both men make their second court appearance on June 8.

Comments
  • siya.jr - 2012-05-25 08:50

    Some men in Blue are rotten to the core.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-25 09:48

      Siya, let me correct you. MOST men in Blue, Brown (Metro cops),Cammo (SANDF)adn Armani suits (ANC politicians) are rotten to the core.

      siya.jr - 2012-05-25 16:06

      @Danny...I can not agree you more my brother from another mother> SPOT ON

  • lmadikwe - 2012-05-25 09:29

    So basically, their careers were on-line for only R270!!!!!!!!!!!

      ludlowdj - 2012-05-25 10:20

      who says their career is on the line, very few if any convicted police officers have ever been dismissed. In fact please tell me of 1, excluding the obvious high profilers.

  • rickvcooper - 2012-05-25 09:35

    I'm waiting for the headline "Fruit and veg hawker fingers cops, now dead!" SAPS - you not so wonderful thing.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-25 09:40

    100 Year mandatory sentences for all officials caught in the act of corruptions.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-25 10:18

    why bother, they will be back on the beat plying their criminal extortion racket whether the are guilty or not. The blue mafia just seems to go from strength to strength.

  • Morama - 2012-05-25 10:20

    This hawker must be protected or else he would be no more very sson.there's a lot of criminals in SAPS,this reminds me of that capetownian who caught them on camera and got killed just two weeks after their exposure!!! South Africa is rot from top(Shower head Spearman)to the bottom.

  • Loo - 2012-05-25 10:48

    OF course ,, what did we expect. All they needed to do is be near their boss.

  • William - 2012-05-25 11:59

    Yebo, this hawker is now a marked women!! There was a Cape Town Shebeen owner who fingered cops who beat up his patrons outside his tavern. He did so at great risk to his personal safety knowing that he was putting his life in danger. Soon after he was murdered!! One can only speculate as to who was responsible but it raises some serious questions. Some very noble and honest people in the force, but SAPS lacks the will to deal strongly with its officers who break the law.

  • JanHNortje - 2012-05-25 12:13

    Well done!!! Justice is served if they get expelled.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-05-25 15:08

    every bodies doing it from the top to the bottom , its our culture .

  • samgaf - 2012-09-29 09:39

    only two cops bust? what about the other 5000

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