Limpopo cop found guilty of corruption for demanding R12k from suspect 'to make docket disappear'

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Tlabo Ezekiel Maputla, 53, a former Warrant Officer.
Tlabo Ezekiel Maputla, 53, a former Warrant Officer.
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A former Limpopo police officer has been found guilty of corruption after he was found to have extorted money from a suspect to make a docket disappear.

Tlabo Ezekiel Maputla, 53, a former Warrant Officer stationed at Westenburg police station, was convicted of corruption by the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.

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According to Limpopo Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke, Maputla was arrested by the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation members in Polokwane on 13 October 2020 for extorting money from a suspect arrested for dealing in drugs.

Maputla offered to make the docket disappear in exchange for the payment, said Maluleke.

"The victim paid R6 000, but Maputla kept on pestering him and demanding more money until the matter was reported to the Hawks," said Maluleke.

Maputla was arrested in Polokwane after receiving a further R5 900 from the man.

Maputla is out on R5 000 bail.

The case was postponed to 12 November for sentencing.   

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