Two Pienaarsrivier officers who allegedly stole R210 000 have been suspended. Photo illustration: Lesley Barnard

Pienaarsrivier cops on bribery charge suspended from duty by the SAPS


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Two Pianaarsrivier police officers accused of allegedly accepting a bribe have been suspended from duty following their arrest on Tuesday, 9 Janaury.

This was confirmed by Limpopo police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, during an interview on Tuesday, 23 Janaury.

“When an officer is under arrest or under investigation, that officer is automatically suspended. They are not allowed back on duty until the issue has been resolved, or a pending case against them has been finalised in a court of law,” Mojapelo said.

According to The Hawks spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke, Constable Patrick Baloyi and Sergeant Andries Matlala were arrested after allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of R20 000 cash from motorist, Promise Funani.

The alleged crime took place during an apparent stop and search investigation, allegedly by the two policemen.

Funani was found by the law enforcers transporting loads of cash, apparently in the boot of the car he traveled in.

Later that day Funani opened a case of theft of cash totalling R210 000 from his vehicle, allegedly by the two police officers.

The twosome first appeared before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 10 January.

Baloyi and Matlala have since been released on bail of R3 000 each.

They were expected to make another appearance before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 23 February.

4 months ago       26 January 2018