Two Mpumalanga police officers were arrested for allegedly demanding a R10 000 bribe from a driver believed to be drunk, the Hawks said on Wednesday.
It is alleged that, on 26 September 2021, the two police sergeants - Ngwazi Agrippa Ngwanyama and Isaack Victor Sambo - arrested a man they believed was driving under the influence.
They phoned his girlfriend, demanding a bribe, Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Bonnie Nxumalo said.
Nxumalo said the man's girlfriend managed to raise R2 000 and deposited it into his account.
"The two police officials took him along in a police vehicle to a mall to withdraw the cash. He was also ordered to pay back the airtime voucher that he used to call his girlfriend," Nxumalo said.
The incident was reported to the Hawks for investigation and the two officers were arrested on Wednesday morning.
Ngwanyama, 48, and Sambo, 39, who are stationed at Pienaar police station, appeared in the Kabokweni Magistrate's Court.
They were released on R2 000 bail each.
The case was postponed to 4 July 2022 and transferred to the Nelspruit Serious Commercial Crimes Court.