Hawks captain in court on corruption charge

2011-12-12 19:11

Johannesburg - A police captain attached to the Hawks will remain in custody following her first appearance in the Cape Town District Court on Monday, for allegedly selling unlicensed ammunition while on stress leave.

Esmerald Bailey, 43, appeared before Magistrate Eric Louw, who ordered that she remain in custody for a week while police checked her background.

Bailey, known for her investigation that led to Dina Rodrigues being sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of baby Jordan Leigh Norton in June 2005, was arrested on Friday.

She appeared with co-accused Waleed Hendricks, 25. Both will appear in court again on December 19 when they are expected to launch a joint bail application.

According to the Hawks, an operation was authorised on suspicion that Bailey was involved in the illegal sale of police uniforms and ammunition.

In the course of the investigation, Hendricks allegedly supplied an undercover police agent with a small quantity of ammunition in a parking area for R4 000.

Hendricks was arrested after receiving the money. He took the investigation team to Bailey's home at the Palm Springs apartment complex in Brooklyn.

In that apartment, police found more illegal police ammunition, as well as missing forensic bags containing exhibits that were to be used in different criminal cases and police documents.

Bailey had been on stress leave for the last three years.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 19:19

    When will this corruption end really... I am tired of hearing about it.

      Piet - 2011-12-12 19:37

      Stop voting for the ANC idiot!!!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 19:42

      Piet - only an idiot can spot an idiot, Who are you to tell me what i must do with my vote, ANC gave me my freedom.

      Deborah - 2011-12-12 19:47

      Do what they do in China. Execute corrupt bastards end of story.

      Piet - 2011-12-12 19:49

      And they also gave us corruption, But then again as an idiot I cannot explain logic to you!

      Mike - 2011-12-12 19:59

      @Polyatonki - ANC never gave you your freedom. It was a joint decision between Deklerk and Mandela that gave you your freedom. Anyway because you have your freedom does not mean you have to continue to vote for these idiots in the ANC. They are all fu?king useless

      frank.hartry - 2011-12-12 20:16

      It will continue albeit increase whilst the ANC is the governing party. It cannot help its looting because it believes that the state coffers belong to the ANC. ZANUPF believes the same thing in Zimbabwe and both parties support each other.

      eradingoana - 2011-12-12 23:06

      Criminals are investigating criminals and the one with less NPA/SAPS contacts don't survive.

  • Shoosh - 2011-12-12 19:21

    WTF - 3 years on stress leave how do these inept departments operate? Hang her & her accomplice, send the message to all of these corrupt thugs.

  • Ben - 2011-12-12 19:27

    While on stress leave. Please make an example of her. This is not acceptable.

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-12 19:28

    Me thought it was only the black race who are prone to curruption, have to do some rethinking again

      Piet - 2011-12-12 19:38

      Well all people will start to get more and more corrupt seeing that it is in the culture of the ruling party to do so. Lead by example as they say!!

      Huey - 2011-12-12 19:41

      Define "race" without sounding like you miss Verwoerd. I get why you would say that though. Much commentary on news24 is one-sided. But all people are capable of corruption - that is why the best run countries also have very high levels of governance and checks and controls, because some people just cannot be trusted and disincentives need to be put in place.

      myfriendshane - 2011-12-12 20:18

      She is not white, I can tell you that.

      myfriendshane - 2011-12-12 20:19

      She is a disgrace to her uniform.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-12 21:03

      She's not White Mpho.

      Nicolas - 2011-12-12 23:02

      she is 'coloured'.

      Eish - 2012-01-01 01:50

      I’m flabbergasted by the racial connotation that was perversely uttered

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-12-12 19:35

    Go DIRECTLY to jail, do NOT pass go, do NOT collect two million rands.

      Piet - 2011-12-12 19:39

      Do not collect another two million rand.....

  • The Real Unskinny - 2011-12-12 19:38

    Send her to China with a kilo or two of cocaine in her bag.

  • Henry - 2011-12-12 19:39

    No end to this thievery hey? Scorpions, Hawks...who's next? The Eagles?

  • Ben - 2011-12-12 19:41

    Yes Mpho. Correct. I have many dear friends in all the colour groups and have never met a criminal in my life. So I have to watch from the sideline. Seems to me there are only two groups of people, the good and the bad. Forget about the ugly. They might be good or bad.

  • primetimeacc - 2011-12-12 19:43

    3 Years stress leave!! So much leave would stress me out!! And paid nogal Where is supervision to ensure that the time is gainfully used being treated!!!

  • Piet - 2011-12-12 19:48

    And they also gave us corruption, But then again as an idiot I cannot explain logic to you!

  • Shoe - 2011-12-12 19:53

    3 year leave for stress??? Or is this some other term for suspension with pay. Gone are the days when one could naturally assume security and instinctively feel safe on sighting a person dressed in SAPS uniform. Nowadays the first question to ask is whether indeed they are a police officer or a crook dressed up in stolen uniform. Cry beloved country.

  • Craig - 2011-12-12 20:01

    uhm .. poloyatonki ... correction .. FW gave you your freedom .. this is another typical example of the 'masses' not been appreciative for our contribution .. Ps : just to set the record straight the khoisan were the indigenous folk of southern africa I truly think it is high time that the 52 million odd ignorants i mean immigrants take a few history lessons, and a lesson or two in respect and appreciation while you are at it ! :}

  • frank.hartry - 2011-12-12 20:10

    The corruption in South Africa is completely out of control. It has incresed ten fold since the Zuma administration took over in April 2009 and one wonders whether the corrupters/corruptees are perceiving that if Zuma may have got away with it, why not me. Even though Zuma has not been tried fot the allegations of corruption. Yet.

      Shoe - 2011-12-12 20:44

      True that. The levels are totally depressing. And the ANC does not seem to care much. Their decision to allow Zuma to rise to the highest office was obtuse. But to support Robert Mugabe, is the final seal in their friendship with China. Only God knows what they stand to gain. Mantashe, leading an ANC delegation just returned from China a few weeks ago. Whatever transipired in that visit, is going to come at a cost for the ordinary citizen's dignity and intergrity.

  • Gwamaka - 2011-12-12 20:27

    oh Lord, i now understand when they say people on see what they want to see, so the story has two sides, bad policing(a police officer taking bribe) and good policing(police officer apprehending one of their own for corruption) but's just about blaming the 'ignorant' Zuma, ANC and all sorts of racist comments...i wonder who is really ignorant here

  • adriandt1 - 2011-12-13 06:30

    3 years stress leave???, i need that !

  • Samuel - 2011-12-13 07:43

    Just a nother worm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Seducect - 2011-12-13 07:47

    Put her in the same jail & cell with Dina Rodriqious....

  • Harold - 2011-12-13 13:35

    Let RSA law process of defence take its course. 1 Commit the crime. 2 Say it was not you. 3 Deny that a crime was ever commited. 4 Blame someone else. 5 Say other people also do it. 6 Try bribing the police. 7 Admit guilt and then get sick.;

  • beryl.knipe - 2011-12-31 01:12

    Excuse me! THREE years on stress leave??? WTH??

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