Police Officers Arrested on Corruption Allegations in Mpumalanga

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Six suspects including police officers were granted bail in court after making a brief appearance on charges of corruption.

It is said according to statements by police, that first five suspects were arrested on 20 December 2019, by the Mpumalanga Anti-Corruption Unit and made their first court appearance in the Witbank Magistrate Court on the same day, 20 December 2019.

These suspects approached a furniture and electronics shop in Witbank in December wearing police uniform and told the owner that they were searching for drugs in the shop.

It is alleged that during the search, drugs were indeed found and were confiscated together with an amount of about R86 000 cash.

The owner and two of his employees were arrested and later on released from police custody not long after the arrest on claims that drugs that were confiscated went missing.

Upon release, only R 36 000.00 of the money taken from his shop was given back to him.

A case of corruption was opened against the said suspects and investigations led to their arrest.

Subsequent to that, suspects that appeared in Court on Tuesday 07 January are 52-year-old Captain Sekgweni Phasha, 43-year-old Sergeant Nonthuthuzelo Mabena, 34-year-old Constable Mellicent Mlambo, 51 year old Saint Manyakalala reported to be a member of the Community Police Forum, as well as 49 year old Karolus Pienaar who is a former police officer.

39-year-old Constable Charles Motshele Mogoba, who works at Germiston Police Station was only arrested on Tuesday.

They are all out on R 2000.00 and set to appear again in Witbank Magistrates Court on March 4th.

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