Joburg officer in court for corruption

2014-03-14 11:23
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - A senior police officer appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for allegedly demanding money from a businessman, the Hawks say.

The 53-year-old officer was released on R5 000 bail on Thursday and would appear again on 25 April, said spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko.

He was arrested on Thursday morning after the businessman approached the Hawks claiming that the officer was harassing and demanding money from him.

The officer, who was allegedly paid over R22 000 from November 2012 to last month, claimed that he was offering protection to the businessman, said Ramaloko.

The officer apparently offered his protection services after the businessman was arrested for allegedly holding another man at gunpoint.

However, the charges against the man were dropped as the case was too weak.

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