Pirate fighter held for extortion in CT

2012-09-15 12:09

Johannesburg - A security expert who protected ships from pirate hijackings in the Indian Ocean was arrested for extortion in Cape Town, the Saturday Star reported.

Marius Venter, 51, was arrested by priority crime investigating group, the Hawks last Friday.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said that a 25-year-old businessman approached them and reported he was being forced to pay R3 000 to Venter.

The Hawks set up surveillance and traced several payments from the businessman to Venter.

Venter, who was employed for the protection of the British and US navies, appeared in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of extortion and intimidation.

He was granted R10 000 bail and would return to court on 16 November.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-09-15 12:15

    And why is this headline news whilst the northern part of the country is burning ????

      rodney.overes - 2012-09-15 14:25

      I know of 12000 miners who are trying to extort the mine, and nothing is being done to them!!

      hentie.devries - 2012-09-16 10:05

      Spot on Rodney!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-15 12:20

    Amazing how quick Hawkes were to react to this,yet it took weeks before SAP took any action to allay the violence by strikers!

      trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-15 12:42

      And what about JuJu...a BIG question mark?????

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-15 13:00

      Trevor: Apparently extortion is more impostant than anarchy!

      rodney.overes - 2012-09-15 14:25

      I know of 12000 miners who are trying to extort the mine, and nothing is being done to them!!

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-15 17:36

      It's easier to investigate and prosecute extortion than anarchy. There are many laws on extortion, fraud, etc. Very few and those that do exist, very debatable, about anarchy.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-15 12:58

    R3K really? Hawks must have nothing else to do.

      peter.english.756 - 2012-09-15 13:42

      3k might not be a huge amount to you, but when some one tried to extort my business recently-for 2k, I actually had sleepless nights. just curious at what amount do you think, the police should start investigating.

  • Erna - 2012-09-15 12:59

    Wouldn't it be nice if they were as successful in catching and charging government officials who are rooking us out of billions!

  • magdeline.malefane - 2012-09-15 13:07

    good vision bad mission!

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-09-15 13:09

    Pathetic. If it is extortion, which I doubt, then it is minor to say the least. I think the complainant is actually whining about a legitimate invoice. There's something else going on here.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-15 13:13

    Was that all of the Hawks or are some of them doing real crime-busting?

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-09-15 13:59

    What? need the Hawks for this? Seriously?

  • gary.rheeder - 2012-09-16 12:09

    Pity no one is investigating all the extorsion in the form of bribes thats going on in government! Having said that we need to clean up all the selfserving bigots in this country to have any hope for the future, regardless of who they are!!

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