- Three police officers have been arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe.
- They allegedly requested R25 000 to drop rape charges.
- The case has been transferred to the Nelspruit Commercial Crimes Court.
Three Mpumalanga police officers have been arrested for allegedly soliciting a R25 000 bribe to drop a rape charge.
The officers, all stationed at the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit, appeared in the Kabokweni Magistrate's Court on Monday.
The Hawks arrested Sergeant Bonisile Daphney Mjali, 45, Sergeant Xolani Howard Nxumalo, 37, and Constable Thulisile Patricia Mkhatshwa, 35, on the same day.
"It is alleged that on 7 January 2020 one of the accused was investigating a case of rape against the complainant. Instead of arresting the suspect, the accused phoned him and told him that she is investigating a case against him, but in order for him not to be arrested and for the case to be cancelled he must pay R25 000. The accused drove to the workplace of the complainant, demanding money. He told them that he does not have such amount of money but he can only manage to give them R5 000 cash," Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said.
The accused allegedly requested an additional R10 000 and kept phoning the complainant to demand more money. He reported the matter to the Hawks, who started an investigation.
"The court issued warrants of arrest against the trio which were executed, and the accused were arrested at their workplace," Sekgotodi said.
The accused were released on R3 000 bail each. The case has been transferred to the Nelspruit Commercial Crimes Court and is expected to resume on 6 July 2021.
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