Bail for 12 traffic cops nabbed in anti-corruption sting

2016-04-04 21:04
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Mbombela - Twelve traffic officers facing charges of corruption were granted bail of R5 000 each when they appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday.

The accused, Thami Mogobe, 25, Fikile Shabangu, 29, Phindile Mashele, 27, Selby Ngobeni, 36, Sebenzile Siwela, 35, Thabo Mashego, 29, Delco Mashele, 33, Simon Matsane, 35, Nomsa Mthombeni, 39, Alfred Mbatsane, 39, Muzi Motha, 39, and Cleopas Mabuza, 35, were arrested during a wide-scale Hawks sting operation in the Lowveld on Saturday and Sunday.

They were not asked to plead to charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice when they appeared in court on Monday.

Their bail was granted after numerous delays that frustrated Magistrate Anna-Marie van der Merwe as there was confusion on who should prosecute the case.

It emerged in court that prosecutor, Oupa Ndlovu, was not given proper instructions on the case.

His senior, advocate Toby Stein, had to be called in to handle the case.

Stein was able to give the magistrate proper instructions on the conditions of the bail application for each of the accused.

Magistrate Van der Merwe set bail at R5 000 per accused.

"You are granted R5 000 bail on condition you appear in court on April 22, of which failure to do so your money will be forfeited by the State. You will be then kept in custody until the matter is finalised," said Van der Merwe.

The magistrate said the second condition was that each of the accused should hand over their passports to the investigating officer.

"You are ordered to report to your nearest police station once every Wednesday... You may not leave the province or country without notifying the investigating officer," she said.

Meanwhile, Mpumalanga community safety, security and liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has welcomed the arrest of the 12 traffic officers.

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