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Hawks pounces on local cops


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Two Pienaarsrivier police officers were released on R3 000 bail each following sensational allegations that the twosome allegedly stole upwards of R200 000 from a motorist.

According to the priority crime investigation unit, The Hawk’s spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke, the Pienaarsrivier-based Constable Patrick Baloyi and Sergeant Andries Matlou, were nabbed by the Serious Corruption Crime Unit on Tuesday, 9 January.

Baloyi and Matlou allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe of R20 000 cash from motorist, Promise Funani.

The incident occurred during an apparent stop and search operation.

The two officers have since been charged with alleged corruption and theft.

Sketchy details emerging from the incident point to Baloyi and Matlou having allegedly demanded a bribe of R20 000 from Funani, who was found by the law enforcers transporting loads of cash, apparently in the car boot.

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

“The officers allegedly threatened to charge the complainant (Funani) with money laundering, and allegedly demanded a R20 000 bribe in order to let him go. Shortly afterwards the complainant realised that R210 000 was apparently missing from his car, and he went to the police station to open a case,” Maluleke said.

Maluleke said that The Hawks’ investigation led to the arrest of the two Pienaarsrivier officers. 

The two made their first court appearance on Wednesday, 10 January, before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court.

The two police officers were released on bail of R3 000 each, during a brief appearance on Tuesday, 16 January.

The case was postponed to Friday, 

23 February.


4 months ago       18 January 2018