Six cops to appear in court over robbery, extortion

2014-01-12 15:58
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Rustenburg - Six North West police officers accused of robbing Ethiopian business nationals are expected to appear in the Tlhabane Magistrate's Court near Rustenburg in two separate cases on Monday.

In the first case, four officers were arrested on 3 January on charges of threatening and robbing an Ethiopian national man in Karlin Park in Zinnaville on 7 December.

"It is alleged that four officers demanded that the Ethiopian give them money, but when he refused, they robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash," provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane told African Eye News Service.

He said the complainant went to report the matter to the police, but that another Ethiopian told him that if he dropped the case against the officers, he would get his money back.

He got back R10 000 and was told to leave Rustenburg.

"We have information that other police members who were handling the case were also threatened,” Ngubane said.

Ngubane said the four accused, Warrant officer David Setshedi, 52, Constable Joseph Moremi, 31, Constable Gladness Mogotsi, 35, and Constable Anna Mosweu, 33, all attached to Tlhabane Detectives in Rustenburg, appeared in the Tlhabane Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of robbery and extortion.

They were not asked to plead.

The four are still in police custody and are expected to apply for bail on Monday.

In a separate incidence, two other police officers, Sergeant Faith Mekgoe, 40, and Constable Jacob Monnapula, 32, both attached to the Rustenburg Crime Intelligence unit, also appeared briefly in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of house robbery.

They were remanded in custody until Monday for their bail application.

According to Ngubane, the two were arrested after a 33-year-old Ethiopian national was robbed of cigarettes worth R100 000 and an undisclosed amount of cash at a block of flats in Rustenburg on 13 December.

The case was postponed when the prosecutor recused himself because of a conflict of interest.

North West provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Zukiswa Mbombo has condemned any involvement of police in criminal activities.

"We are making a serious plea to our members to refrain from involving themselves in corruption and crime. We, as the custodians of law and order, need to set an example to our community.

"If we are found to be involved in crime, how can we expect the community to trust us to safeguard them against criminals?” she said.

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