UPDATE | Parents in dock for allegedly taking R500k to drop rape charges against Bushiri's security head

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Brigadier Rosy Resandt and her husband Clifford Cornelius Resandt appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
Brigadier Rosy Resandt and her husband Clifford Cornelius Resandt appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
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  • The case against a senior cop accused of using R500 000 to have rape charges against her husband dropped is nearing trial. 
  • Brigadier Rosy Resandt is accused of receiving the money used for the alleged bribe from Shepherd Bushiri.
  • The parents of the rape complainant have also been charged for allegedly accepting the gratification. 

The parents of a rape complainant have appeared in court for allegedly accepting a R500 000 bribe to drop the rape charges against a police officer's husband, the head of security for self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri.

Brigadier Rosy Resandt, her husband, Clifford Cornelius Resandt, Bushiri's head of security, and the parents of the victim, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday. 

The four accused each face a charge of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. 

The parents of the rape complainant, who cannot be named to protect the minor's identity, were arrested on Wednesday. They have since made their first appearance in court where they were both granted bail. 

"The couple was arrested by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team [on Monday] after they allegedly received R500 000 gratification to conceal a rape of their daughter," said Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase.

They appeared in court on Thursday after being officially added to the case against the Resandts.

"The couple was arrested by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team [on Monday] after they allegedly received R500 000 gratification to conceal a rape of their daughter," said Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase.

Charges

Clifford was arrested on 20 January 2018 for allegedly raping the couple's minor daughter.

News24 previously reported that Rosy Resandt and her husband were arrested in December 2020 and charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

"An amount of R500 000 was transferred from Shepherd Bushiri Ministries to Rosy's account on 22 January, 2018; the amount reflected on the parents of the child's home loan account," NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said.

"The same day when the money reflected in the parents' account, the child dropped the charges against the husband. At the next court date, the matter was withdrawn from the court."

Case ready to be allocated 

On Thursday, the court heard that the matter was ready to be allocated to a higher court, where a trial date would be set. 

It is unclear if the case will be transferred to the regional or High Court. This decision will be made by the Deputy Director of public prosecutions in Gauteng. 

The State requested a two week postponement for the allocation of the case and placed it on record that one more statement needed to be obtained. 

The matter was postponed to 20 May. 

The State had previously asked that the matter be postponed and marked final for the purposes of adding the two additional accused. 

The Resandts appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Slap on the wrist

In January, News24 revealed that following her first court appearance, Resandt was subjected to an internal police disciplinary hearing, where she was ultimately given a slap on the wrist.

A source told News24 that Resandt had pleaded guilty to charges related to police discipline under the South African Police Service Act.

READ MORE | Police to challenge disciplinary findings on cop accused of using Bushiri money to drop rape charges against her husband

The source said dismissal as a sanction was sought, given the seriousness of the charges, but instead Resandt's salary was suspended for two months and she was ordered to undergo counselling for corruption.

Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed the sanctions imposed on Resandt and said the office of the acting divisional commissioner for detective services had been notified of the ruling and would be studying it.

Police management had since challenged the disciplinary hearing's findings and outcomes, and Resandt had moved out of the National Organised Crime Unit.


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