Hawks captain set for corruption trial

2012-10-24 10:58

Cape Town - Hawks Captain Esmeralda Bailey will go on trial for corruption in April, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Daily Voice reported that Bailey, 44, made a brief appearance at the Bellville Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed she was fit to stand trial despite apparently suffering from bipolar disorder and agoraphobia, a fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or inescapable situation.

Bailey faces a count of corruption, one of possession of illegal ammunition, one of possession or use of the drug tik, and five of defeating the ends of justice.

She was allegedly paid R4 500 by an undercover police officer for a bag containing a police cap, a reflector jacket, a pair of police socks, a police shirt, two pairs of police trousers, and ammunition.

Hawks members allegedly found missing police dockets, court exhibits and other items at her flat last December.

According to the report, Bailey had been on stress leave for the past three years.

Bailey is 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.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-24 11:03

    Oh wow, on stress leave for 3 years? Why did she not just get another job? Instead she chose this path and now we are left wondering, what else did she do with all that time on her hands and the position she held?

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-24 11:13

      Aventually all the crooks in the country will get caught. It just takes time.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-24 12:12

      A good cop turned bad

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-24 12:20

      They all do that in the police force. Stress is the new excuse for paid leave.

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-10-24 15:51

      Charge both of her.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-24 11:11

    Corruption is rife

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-24 11:11

    STRESS LEAVE?????? WTF!!!!!! She has done wrong and was given stress leave for corruption??? Seriously this justic system is F@!*ed up. I bet shes been getting payed full salary too. In any other country, you get fired go to trial, if guilty well sorry for you. If not guilty then pay what is owed. But this crap of been put onto stress leave for corruption is pathetic, but this is typical in AFRICA.

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-10-24 11:21

    Just remember there are 3 sides to a story,the captains side, the states side and then the truth. Maybe, just maybe she is being set-up.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-24 11:49

      Too much evidence for a set up? She seemed to be running a second illegal business on the side by using stolen police equipment.

  • willem.leroux2 - 2012-10-24 11:29


  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-24 12:14

    If she was not fit to work she should have been medically bordered in the first year, but we all know that the ANC lets people receive full salaries with benefits for years and years, only taking the time to hide the truth from the public. As for her medical disorders, they do not, never have and never will be legal grounds for not standing trial, this is a poor excuse for non prosecution as any decent psychologist will tell you. The only concession that was needed was to hear the case in camera, Bipolar sufferers may not be able to control their feeling, but they are fully accountable and responsible for their actions.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-10-24 18:34

    Three years on a full salary while on "stress leave"! Wow!! I need an understanding employer like that!!

  • Maxodin - 2012-10-25 00:09

    I think before anyone comments they should go through the previous articles and see how far this goes back. Ms bailey may or may not be guilty but please be informed before making comments about her alleged corrupt activities. It may also not entirely her fault that she was on stress leave for so long. I know a few cops who have said that saps does there own internal investigations so they may have put her on leave pending the outcome of their investigations.

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