Hawks captain in court for corruption

2012-06-28 18:00

Cape Town - A Hawks captain appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday for alleged corruption and extortion.

Patrick Siyali, 51, dressed in a blue tracksuit, seemed calm as Denzil Combrink, for the State, read the charges against him.

Combrink said the charges were corruption, extortion and theft, and conspiracy to commit the first two charges.

He asked that the case be postponed for bail information. This included statements from two police officers, the results of a photo identification parade, the collection of personal details, and an investigation into a second suspect.

He also wanted to a statement from someone who withdrew a corruption case.

Black dollar scheme

Ross Mckernan, for the defence, objected to the postponement on the basis that it did not fulfil requirements of the Criminal Procedure Act. He said the State had to prove that the alleged crimes amounted to more than R10 000, and that a syndicate could be involved.

He withdrew the objection when the State made further submissions.

"The amount [of money tied up in charges] exceeds R10 000. The State is going to allege they acted in a syndicate or in a syndicated matter... There is an amount of R300 000 also involved in terms of a black dollar scheme," Combrink told the court.

A black dollar scheme involves duping people by presenting them with a suitcase full of paper the same size as money, but which they say is painted black to get through airport scanners, or for some other convincing reason.

People were tricked into believing that by "washing" the money with an expensive substance, they would be left with a case full of genuine notes.

Magistrate Zwelidumile Sogwagwa postponed the case to July 5.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-28 18:38

    Oh boy! A fool and his money are soon parted!

  • shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-28 19:05

    One is sick and "gatvol" of public servants being corrupt especially police and traffic officials. They are all rotten to the core. This also include other departments like Public Works, Local Municipalities, Parlementarians etc. How do you raise healthy families in this environment. It's sickening. .

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-06-28 19:12

    Corruption is too much in this country, l think that if we dont have ANC in power things will chage.

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-06-28 19:29

    Did we ever have corrupt Scorpions? Can't recall any such thing.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-06-28 22:16

      Wow Louise, Did we wake you up from 2005? Arms deal somehow reminds me which interests Scorpions were defending at that time. Happy Birthday Thabo. Thanks for reminding me about them...Whats happen with the settlement of the acount of Avis about their emblamatic black Golf's 4 ?

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-06-28 19:32

    DID we expect any thing else?????? Bird of a feather flock together, They are ALL THE SAME.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-06-28 22:21

      Thanks Stefaans....exactly

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-28 21:50

    I'm a South African (had to renounce my citizenship though) living in Zim and I've tried defending the ANC government but I think we all have to admit that this is getting out of hand. True, apartheid was the worst thing that could have happened to us but the route we are taking is just too much! These guys just want to get reap as much as possible in the shortest possible time. How is it that we are having so many people in power being caught out? How long would they have been doing this before they are exposed? Only the small guys are being caught by our cops, the big criminals are getting protection. Guys u fought for OUR freedom but it doesn't look like u had our best interests at heart. Time for u to be passionate about your positions!!

  • John - 2012-06-28 21:54

    Jungle justice is all they understand!\r\nEvery some thug is helping himself without contributing.\r\nIt's sickening! Fire the lot. What the hell do we need police for? TO FLEECE THE PEOPLE!!!!

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-28 21:59

    Let's have public services that represent the population!! Let's have a race representation in every department, time to embrace the reconciliation we spoke about. Let's have accountability, experienced professionals that graduated in the relevant fields!!

  • grant.taylor.142 - 2012-06-29 07:32

    Sounds normal to me...

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