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Mon Sep 01 20:34:05 SAST 2014

Cop held for bribe: Hawks

Sapa | 19 February, 2013 18:56
Under arrest. File photo.
Image by: Mike Segar / Reuters

A 47-year-old warrant-officer was arrested in Pietermaritzburg for soliciting a R10,000 bribe from a fraud accused, the Hawks said.

"The officer was arrested around midday in a mall, minutes after he collected R7000 of the R10,000 he solicited," spokesman Paul Ramaloko said.

He said the man accused of fraud had been arrested in 2009 for allegedly grabbing someone else's land. He contacted the police when the officer said he would "squash" his case.

"The warrant-officer promised the suspect if he received the R7000 the case would be squashed and the land would in turn become his," said Ramaloko.

"The officer will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of corruption."

He said the officer was based at the Alexandra Road police station.

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