A control prosecutor based in Standerton, Mpumalanga, was arrested on Tuesday in an intelligence-driven operation on allegations of corruption as well as defeating the ends of justice.
According to provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the prosecutor is alleged to have solicited bribes in exchange for cases to either be withdrawn or struck off the court roll.
"Police, through information gathered, then followed up on this man's activities [and] they pounced on him [on Tuesday] after he allegedly received an undisclosed amount of cash from a suspect in exchange for [the] withdrawal of a case and was found with the cash," Hlathi said.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has welcomed the arrest and commended police for their sterling work.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Standerton Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
An earlier version of this article stated that a senior public prosecutor had been arrested. It was in fact a district control prosecutor. The article has been updated to reflect this.