Two cops appeared in a court in Cape Town on Monday for allegedly demanding money for the release of an arrested drunk driving suspect.
The cops, Mzoxolo Toto, 32, and Khululekani Mndlunya, 34, both of the Nyanga police station, were charged with extortion, corruption and assault.
The duo appeared before a magistrate at the Bellville Specialized Commercial Crime Court, where magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, adjourned the case and warned them to appear in court again on April 7.
According to the report on the charge sheet, the cops were on routine patrol in the early hours of the morning sometime in June almost three years ago when they stopped a car and accused the driver, Sisa Yanta of drunk driving.
They told the driver that he has to follow them to the Athlone police station for a routine blood test for proof of drunk driving, but Yanta pleaded that he needed to be at his place of work early in the morning and he was already running late.
The prosecutor in the case Xolile Jonas alleged that the cops made the “lets talk about it” suggestion to Yanta who understood it to mean that they wanted money in exchange for his release. He quickly handed them R50, but the cops considered it an insult and laughed at his guts.
Still desperate to get to office, Yanta suggested they follow him to get more money from his father at home which they did.
On arrival at his family house, Yanta’ father, who is also a police official asked the cops why they wanted money from his son. They allegedly replied: “Your son knows why.”
When Yanta’s father became too inquisitive and the two policemen became suspicious, the cops called for backup. Seven police vehicles arrived at the scene and arrested Yanta along with his father who was assaulted in the process.