Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that Gauteng Hawks arrested two of their members for requesting a R100 000 pay to squash a case.
The hawks members, Sergeant Sithembo Moses Dlamini (54) and Captain Saul Thulani Mdletshe were arrested on Friday after they conspired to pocket R100 000 from a suspect on a Brackendowns fraud case.
“It is alleged that the officers had on separate occasions pocketed almost R10 000 from the same suspect to have him released on bail on the same case.
“As if that was not enough, the suspect lawyer Stephens Mangolela (46) conspired with the two members and cemented the earlier demand, this time claiming that the prosecutor occupied with the suspect’s case together with the complainant were forming part of the scheme.
“An entrapment operation by the Hawks Pretoria based Serious Corruption Unit was executed on Friday afternoon just outside Johannesburg. Unbeknown to them, the trio was presented with half of the R100 000 in cash whilst the rest was transferred into the lawyers account,” SAPS narrated.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the lawyer and the hawks members were arrested on the spot and spent the whole weekend behind bars.
They were dragged to the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on yesterday. There, they faced charges of corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice.
They were granted bail of R2000 each and are expected to appear again on 9th June 2017 pending further investigations.
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Meanwhile, a joint special intelligence operation made a major breakthrough when they intercepted a group of criminals who were going to commit a business robbery in Tzaneen.
As it happened, teams of SAPS members were following up some information when they spotted a Mercedes-Benz sedan along the road outside Tzaneen.
They attempted to stop it but it sped off and the occupants started shooting at the Police. That, triggered a high-speed chase which ended when the suspects lost control of their vehicle.
Six suspects aged between 28 and 38 years were arrested as they were all trapped inside the car that stumbled off the road.