Corrupt cop to stay behind bars

2011-12-22 22:46

Johannesburg - An Ekurhuleni metro police officer will spend Christmas behind bars after the Brakpan Magistrate's Court denied him bail on Thursday, the Gauteng community safety department said.

Patrick Shongwe, 38, cluster commander of the Ekurhuleni metro police department (EMPD), was arrested on charges of corruption earlier this week, spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa said.

He allegedly threatened motorists with arrest, unlawfully impounded vehicles, extorted money from motorists, and confiscated goods from street vendors.

Shongwe was the second EMPD officer arrested for corruption in December. Rolsten Pillay was arrested earlier this month following a tip-off. Moiloa said Pillay approached them for a plea bargain deal.

"He said he will provide us with more information on more people involved, if we have mercy on him. We investigated his claims and it led to the arrest of Shongwe.

"We believe that they operated as part of a syndicate... .So more arrests are imminent."

  • Daniel - 2011-12-22 23:10

    What mercy did he show to all his victims? Lock him up and throw away the key.

      Jean - 2011-12-23 02:49

      @Freddie lots of love

      Dharmesh - 2011-12-23 08:05

      Agree with you mercy should be shown to the likes of these types of people.

      Boer - 2011-12-24 00:08

      Good clean the place up and get rid of these corrupt dum cops.

  • Freddie Smit - 2011-12-23 01:51

    Hopefully the inmates will give you a lot of love over the festive period.Merry Christmas.

  • Thandi - 2011-12-23 03:45

    Yet another Metro cop running true to form - just what we have come to expect from these useless wankers. I just wish they would drop the word 'police' from the organisation - just doesn't fit, bit like an oxymoron.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-23 04:21

    Thug -slap him silly. Throw the book at him. For once the judiciary is doing its job and keeping thugs behind bars with no bail. 25 years sounds good

  • braamc - 2011-12-23 05:07

    a Cop/Metro Cop, what a fine force we have, rotten from top to bottom

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-12-23 05:07

    so the bees roux claim was true that they tried to hijack him the so called law enforces becomes the the law breakers why waist time with bail hearings

  • Mpapadi Monyela - 2011-12-23 05:09

    Simon Sithole should also join the queue of scamburgs that should spend Xmas in jail.

  • braamc - 2011-12-23 05:10

    Terminal Ill yet? I am gonna go with some sort of mental illness for this piece of sh@t. Let us see how it goes, but then he is only a "cluster commander" these titles lately, general, commander whatever. For me simple, all a bunch of thieving, corrupt trash.

  • bevisp - 2011-12-23 07:08

    Is it true that Selebi is being released on medical parole??

  • Malcolm - 2011-12-23 07:30

    20 odd years ago, we had a healthy respect for the police. Yet in just a few years, we’ve become immune to the utterly disgraceful behaviour from those in authority and rightly mistrust their every action.

  • Johann - 2011-12-23 07:38

    Two incidents happened recently where motorists are intimidated and either relieved of valuebles or locked up and their cars then stripped by police. This happened in Sandton after 11pm and motorists driving after drinking alcohol. Cops utilise this fact to their own benefit. Rape is also a possibility , as we know. Bottomline , dont drink and drive and give these guys ammunition to rip you off or worse.

      Sally Tsuro Mutengu - 2011-12-23 08:07

      something really need to be done about this. The very people who are surposed to protect us are robbing us. Two police officer locked me up and took my car saying it was a suspected stolen one. He even opposed bail for me whereas he never had any evidence to suspect the car was stolen. After 3weeks i was given bail later the charges dropped. The worst is my car was stripped iam shocked why the police do this. I dont have any trust in the police anymore they are worse than the thugs. I reported my case at a nearby police station only to be told after a few days that they cant get any suspects or leads and closed my case. What kind of world is this?

  • Sharon - 2011-12-23 08:41

    Corrupt bastards!!!

  • Luce - 2011-12-23 13:03

    To Sally Tsuro - get yourself a good lawyer and sue the BASTARDS !

  • Lephutsi - 2011-12-23 14:48

    The metro police should be disbanded. They are a disgrace to the country.

  • hannesw1 - 2011-12-24 09:03

    Please investigate the corrupt Brakpan and Springs tow truck drivers and owners too. Many peopled suffer because of the actions of this man and tow truck companies!

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-24 16:33

    for those involved in corruption syndicates in our country I hope you rot in Jail, for the law and order government enforcements show no mercy for corruption whoever is caught in acts of corruption in S.A. merciless penalities given should aim at eradicating corruption

  • dawn.slabber - 2012-02-24 23:03

    Why are we getting old news??? 2011.12.22???

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