Corrupt cops out on bail

2015-01-09 22:30

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Johannesburg - A Limpopo policeman and a traffic officer accused of soliciting bribes were granted bail in separate court appearances on Friday, said police.

In the first matter, Constable Solomon Mabolawa, 37, appeared in the Seshego Magistrate's Court for allegedly demanding payment from a man he was arresting.

Mabolawa arrested the man in December after finding suspected stolen goods in his possession, said Police spokesperson Ronel Otto. He appeared in court, but the case was thrown out because there was not enough evidence.

The detective allegedly told the complainant he could be re-arrested and demanded R1 000 to make the docket to disappear, said Otto.

"A meeting was arranged and the detective was arrested shortly after the money was handed over," she alleged.

Mabolawa was granted bail of R1 000 and the case was postponed to 27 February.

In the other case, traffic officer Steve Boy-Boy Mohlahla, 50, appeared in the Nebo Magistrate's Court for alleged corruption and theft.

He was accused of falsely impounding a taxi and accepting bribes instead of issuing fines for traffic offences, said Otto.

"The owner of the taxi had to pay him R2 800 to have the vehicle returned to her," Otto claimed.

Mohlahla was released on bail of R1 200 bail and the case was postponed until 19 February.


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