Two officials arrested in Soweto

2011-10-07 14:50
Johannesburg - A retired prosecutor and a policeman were arrested in connection with corruption in Moroko, Soweto, on Friday, police said.

"Police have arrested a retired prosecutor, 61, and a detective constable, 36, on charges of racketeering, corruption, extortion, defeating the course of justice and conspiracy to commit perjury," said Colonel McIntosh Polela.

"The suspects are alleged to have colluded in manipulating the justice system to benefit themselves and businessmen," said Polela.

Both were expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The two officials were connected to arrests made in September involving five policemen, a senior prosecutor, two attorneys and four businessmen.

The matter related to several false cases opened against the business rivals of a man who ran a bakery.

He apparently sought to eliminate competition from people who had left his company to start out on their own.

The police, prosecutors, attorneys and businessman were accused of colluding to open the false cases.

"The arrests are a culmination of an investigation that started in December last year," said Polela.

The suspects arrested in September are out on bail and will appear in court again on November 11.

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