Two cops held after soliciting bribe

2014-11-10 22:37
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Johannesburg - Two North West police officers have been arrested for corruption, police said on Monday.

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said the pair, a constable, 35, and a reservist constable, 30, were arrested after they tried to solicit a bribe from a man they had arrested for allegedly buying suspected stolen goods.

The complainant in the case was arrested after he bought a laptop and a camera that were sold at R2 000.

The complainant allegedly informed the seller that he only had R1 500 and they made an agreement that he would owe the seller R500.

The seller then left the laptop and the camera with the complainant and took the money.

"That was later followed by two suspects, allegedly dressed in civilian clothes who came into the complainant's house, saying that they are police officials and forced the complainants to lie on the ground," he said.

Ngubane said the pair informed the complainants that they were arresting them for buying stolen property. They were taken in a marked police vehicle to Ikageng police station.

"It is alleged that the complainants' fingerprints were taken and in the process one of the police officials demanded R2 000 from one of the complainants so that they must not be locked up.

"The complainant informed the suspect that he does not have money and asked his brother for money but only had R1 000," Ngubane said.

The officers were said to have agreed to taking the amount and instructed the complainant to place the money inside a drawer. The complainants were then taken back home with a marked police vehicle.

"Subsequently, the complainants opened a case at Ikageng police station and both officials were arrested. They are expected to appear in court tomorrow [Tuesday]," he said.

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