Cops face extortion charge

2011-08-05 00:00

THREE policemen from Plessislaer were granted bail of R500 each when they appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of extortion.

Fana Buthelezi (47), David Julie (38) and Jabulani Ngcobo (56) face a charge of extorting R3 000 from Khutliso Hothani on April 13 at Dambuza.

The state alleges that the three officers “inspired fear” in Hothani by threatening to arrest him unless he paid them R5 000. They allegedly succeeded in extorting R3 000 from him.

The accused are also facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice arising from the incident.

They have not yet pleaded to the charges.

The case was adjourned to September 1. — Witness Reporter.

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