Six cops arrested for extorting cash

2012-07-09 00:00

DURBAN — Six police officers have been arrested here for allegedly planting drugs or a gas pistol in people’s homes and then extorting money from them to avoid being arrested.

In one case, a man in his late twenties was reportedly also sexually assaulted with a broken broom stick in front of his parents last month, after he refused to admit being in possession of drugs, said Moses Dlamini, spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) yesterday.

All the officers are members of the harbour protection security services, based at the Cavendish police office in Malvern. The charges investigated by Ipid concern incidents in the past month in Umlazi and Isipingo in the south of the city.

Dlamini said the officers and citizens who allegedly cooperated, reportedly planted drugs or a gas pistol in the homes when they investigated them and threatened people with arrest unless they paid a bribe.

The gas pistol shoots air gun pellets, but looks like a real pistol. Some of the people were allegedly also robbed of large amounts of money. The alleged incidents took place outside the jurisdiction of the officers, said Dlamini.

Packed drugs, including dagga and whoonga (a new mix containing heroin), as well as a gas pistol were allegedly found with one of the police officers when they were arrested on duty on Thursday evening.

Velaphi Ndlovu, IFP spokesperson, said he was glad the that Ipid acted on its brief to root out corruption in the police. Warrant officer Kirubabhum Naidoo (33), constable Bukani Dlamini (29) and constables Goodenough Dlamuka (34), Mandlakayise Mkhwanazi (32), Kenneth Gwala (33) and Sydwell Gwexa (32) appeared on Friday in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on charges of, among others, house robbery and assault with the intent to do serious bodily harm.

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