The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, welcomed the arrest of Sergeant Orapeleng Sekane and Sergeant Pogiso Chacha on Tuesday, 31 January 2023, for corruption.
The accused persons, both aged 42 and working as court orderlies at the Wolmaransstad Magistrates’ Court, were arrested by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit (ACIU).
The pair reportedly solicited R1000.00 from a malicious damage to property accused on condition that they destroy the docket, which was registered in August 2021.
A notice to appear was eventually issued against the man after he failed to appear in court. It was upon confrontation by one of the man’s relatives on Monday, 30 January 2023, that the police officers decided to pay back the money.
The matter was reported to the police and that culminated in the arrest of the pair during an undercover operation.
Consequent to appearance before the local Magistrates’ Court, the accused, who are also subjected to departmental investigations in terms of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Discipline Regulations, were each granted R500.00 bail.
They are expected to make a second court appearance on Friday, 3 March 2023.
The Provincial Commissioner applauded the ACIU members for their swift response and reiterated that employees who lack integrity and dent the image of the Service will not be tolerated.
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