Cape Town – The Hawks have arrested a 32-year-old police sergeant for allegedly soliciting and receiving a bribe on Thursday.
The officer was set to appear at the Temba Magistrate’s Court on Friday, police said.
The police detective allegedly solicited a bribe from relatives of two women who had been arrested for shoplifting, said Hawks’ spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale in a statement.
“A 32-year-old sergeant will be making his first appearance before the Temba Magistrate’s Court this morning facing charges of corruption and extortion following his arrest yesterday, 2 February 2023, at Temba police station by the Hawks’ serious corruption investigation assisted by counter intelligence investigation,” Mogale said.
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Mogale said the officer allegedly demanded R2 000 from the families for each of the two arrested women.
“The member attached to the Temba detectives allegedly solicited R4 000 (R2 000 each) gratification from relatives of two female suspects who had been arrested for shoplifting.”
The Hawks team received information and an operation was set up, said Mogale.
“During the disruptive operation, the suspect was handed over R3 000 and arrested but in his possession, the team found R2 900, and the balance was found on another member.” she said.
Mogale said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are imminent.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe