Nyanga cop arrested for extortion

2015-06-13 16:01

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Cape Town - A police officer from Nyanga in Cape Town who allegedly demanded payment in exchange for turning a blind eye to a domestic violence dispute has been arrested, police said on Saturday.

The 37-year-old constable was arrested on Friday, the SA Police Service said in a statement.

"It is alleged that on 01 June 2015 the member attended to a complaint of domestic violence. The suspect was not arrested, but instead the police member told the suspect he will sort out the matter for him and demanded money as payment," said SAPS.

The suspect paid the policeman R500 on the day. A week later, however, the police officer allegedly arrested the suspect.

He did not officially register the arrest but instead demanded R2 000 for the suspect's release.

The suspect told the police officer he did not have the money and instead offered to give him the money on a later date.

Upon his release, the suspect went to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation where he reported the incident.

"A trap was set for the police officer to meet him in at the police station, yesterday where the cash would be handed over to him," SAPS said.

The constable was arrested at the station.

He was expected to appear in court next week where he was to face a charge of extortion.

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