Alleged Coffee Bean Syndicate Arrested For Trying To Bribe Hawks Cop With R 400,000


Truly, South Africa will be a conducive home to many if men who occupy top positions in the country would carry out their duties with integrity, selflessness, sincerity and above all accountability.

Yes, it might not go down well with such persons because they say in ‘every twelve there must be a Judas’ but that notwithstanding, men who wish to have their names written in gold in the rainbow nation will still go for nobility and honesty.

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According to a report culled from TimesLive which said that the elite police investigation unit has arrested two men for offering a mouth-watering cash price of R400, 000 to a Hawks officer.

While brandishing the enticing cash, the men requested that the Hawks officer destroy evidence against three of their friends. But the cop rejected the money and got them arrested instead.

This was confirmed by the elite police investigation unit said on Friday.

Expressing delight about the incidence, Major Robert Netshiunda said the bust once again proved “the integrity of Hawks members” was “beyond reproach”.

He recounted that the suspects’ three friends George Charalambus (53)‚ Selvanathan Chetty (43) and Richard Seaman (47) were apprehended by the police for a theft of R1.5 million worth of coffee beans in Durban last year.

Furthermore, Netshiunda said the two men approached the Hawks who were working with the Forensic Laboratory members in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday‚ to negotiate a deal aimed at destroying the case against George Selvanathan and Richard Seaman who landed in police net in November 2015.

The Hawks alleged that one of the suspects is a business owner who was out on an R10‚000 bail which was granted to him and his three accomplices by the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

Netshiunda said the suspect would now appear in court today 11th March at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court together with another 50-year-old man for bribing a police officer.

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The state need not be lenient in dealing with corruption. It must also strive to weed it out at all cost if it must be a safe haven for all and sundry. Recently, numerous cases of bribery and corruption have been taken over the country.

On Tuesday, a home affairs official Mncedi Qambela bagged a four-year prison sentence by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court after accepting an R350 bribe for an ID document.

Last month, a 33-year-old man was charged with bribery and interfering with police duties, Ekurhuleni Metro Police department (EMPD) spokesperson Lieutenant Wilfred Kgasago said.

South Africa’s Corruption Watch in its annual report said 16% of the corruption reports it received had a link to activities in schools, the highest of any sector.

The body further revealed that of all complaints, abuse of power was the most common kind at 38%. This was followed by bribery (20%), procurement corruption (14%) and employment corruption (8%), be that as it may, 20% of complaints fell into the ‘other’ category.

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