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Extortion: Airport cops get bail

2012-01-17 13:44

Johannesburg - Four police officers charged with extorting money from a Ghanaian man at OR Tambo International Airport have been granted bail, police said on Tuesday.

The four were arrested on Thursday and appeared in an after-hours court on Friday, said Colonel Vishnu Naidoo.

Sergeant Tiisetzo Hector Kekwe, 34, and constables Khulani Abby Lalulekhe, 29, Onkaetse Buffalo Loedeo, 37, and William Matabal Mahoro, 32, were each granted bail of R1 000.

They were expected to appear again in the Kempton Park Regional Court on February 7, said Naidoo.

Police stopped the Ghanaian man in the airport's international arrivals hall on January 1 and asked him to produce an invitation to South Africa.

He showed them his passport and visa and said he did not need a letter of invitation.

The police then allegedly demanded $100 (about R804) from him and threatened him with deportation.

When he told them he had $50 (about R402), they ordered him to convert it into rands and hand it over to them.

He reported the matter to the OR Tambo Police Station and an inquiry was initiated, said Naidoo, who appealed to the public to report similar abuse to the police.

Comments
  • Willie - 2012-01-17 13:47

    Simple solution fire them ZERO tolerance

  • Hector - 2012-01-17 13:57

    Send them to Ghana .. without Invitation .. let them get locked up there .. I hate corrupt Airport Officials .... EVERYWHERE

  • Glen - 2012-01-17 14:09

    When I passed through OR some months ago a little brat security coloured chappie started getting abusive with me. Wont fly to OR again for sure,rather drive.Spoke to other people who had the same experience at the domestic flight x-ray machine. Pity you have to have these little idiots that try and show off that buggers South Africa's name up. Mind you....can it be buggered up more?er.......

  • Gail - 2012-01-17 14:15

    Do our airport cops really think that international travellers are as stupid as they are. Have you encountered these fine upstanding personages before. They are so arrogant, don't please ask them for assistance. They are only there to hold up the walls and aggravate travellers.

  • dlawre30 - 2012-01-17 14:17

    My concern is that this must not be new to them. I wonder how often this does happen and is not reported by the victum.

  • Munchk1n - 2012-01-17 14:42

    Welcome to Sunny South Africa, where even the police will extort you, and rape you, and murder you.

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