Veteran Coast cop arrested

2011-03-25 00:00

A PORT Shepstone detective is facing charges of allegedly accepting a bribe of R15 000 to lose the docket in a housebreaking case.

Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid said Warrant Officer Nelson Thutshini was arrested on March 15 for corruption. “It is alleged that he was party to accepting money from the relative of an accused suspect to release him from custody.” Wiid added that the arrest came after information was received and a deal was made whereby Thutshini allegedly agreed to set the housebreaking suspect free in turn for the sum of money.

“Members of Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation and Organised Crime Unit arrested him,” she said.

Wiid said Detective Warrant Officer Abraham Sonnekus from the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation in Port Shepstone is investigating the case. “Thutshini was charged and released the same day and he appeared in court the next day,” she said. “The case was remanded to June for further investigation.”

Wiid said Thutshini has not yet been suspended. A source within the police in Port Shepstone said Thutshini has 35 years’ police service.

The informant said Thutshini is also a respected priest in the community.

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