Cops in court for alleged bribe solicitation

2010-09-30 00:00

TWO KZN police officers have been caught allegedly demanding a bribe from a civilian they suspected of driving under the influence.

Sergeant Blessing Nkosinathi Zwane (39) and Constable Kuthula Effort Zaca (35) both stationed at the Estcourt Police Station are partners in cases relating to Crime Prevention. However, they spent a night in police cells before appearing at the Estcourt Magistrate court yesterday on charges of corruption.

Organised Crime’s Detective Warrant Officer Mduduzi Ndlovu said the incident occurred on Sunday while a complainant was driving on the Wembezi Road next to the Shell Garage in Estcourt. The matter was only reported to the police on Monday.

“The police officers allegedly stopped the complainant and asked to search his car,” Ndlovu told The Witness.

“They found sealed cases of beer in the man’s boot. They allegedly asked the man how much he had already consumed.

“The man however told them that he had not touched it as he was waiting to get home and enjoy it with his friends.”

Since the man was travelling with his girlfriend and two other passengers, he was allegedly driven away from the scene and the police officers told him that driving under the influence was against the law and if he wanted to avoid arrest he needed to pay R3 000.

The officers were released on R1 000 bail each. They will appear in court again on October 18.

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