Cops arrested for accepting R15 000 bribe

2011-06-22 07:09

The arrest of two policemen for allegedly accepting a bribe in Greenwood Park, Durban was welcomed by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union.

“We applaud the Independent Complaints Directorate for acting decisively. We wish to condemn any form of unethical behaviour within the ranks of our membership,” spokesperson Norman Mampane said.

“We are making a clarion call to members to refrain from improper acts or being caught in a compromising position on the wrong side of the law.”

Independent Complaints Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini yesterday said a 39-year-old warrant officer and a 37-year-old constable attached to the Durban dog unit solicited a bribe from a taxi owner.

They wanted to ensure that a case of possession of unlicensed firearms against the taxi owner did not go anywhere.

He said the policemen apparently promised that if they were paid R15 000 they would not testify against the taxi owner.

The taxi owner was arrested in December last year and released on bail. He approached the directorate on June 18 and an entrapment operation was set up.

When the policemen came to collect the money they were arrested by investigators in Greenwood Park.

The policemen will appear before the Durban Magistrates Court today facing charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

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