- A Carletonville magistrate allegedly tried to bribe theft suspects by promising their release in return for money
- The magistrate will appear in court on the 3rd of December on charges of extortion and corruption
- The accused was arrested after a successful sting operation by the Hawks
After getting busted for allegedly attempting to bribe theft suspects, a magistrate will be appearing in court on charges of corruption and extortion.
The judge, whose identity remains anonymous for now, was arrested by the Hawks Serious Corruption Unit on the 29th of November.
News24 reports that the 49-year-old Carletonville magistrate's case will be heard on Monday, 3 December.
The magistrate apparently told a colleague of the 2 female suspects that they could possibly be released at their next hearing if they coughed up some cash.
The Hawks were informed of the bribery attempt, and they organised a sting operation. The magistrate was then arrested.
The arrest was welcomed by the SAPS and Hawks. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, National Hawks head, said that South Africans who preside over court cases are expected to behave exemplary.
They should be beyond reproach. If proven, the alleged conduct has the potential of tainting the proper administration of justice. We shall continue to act without fear or favour regardless of the status of those who transgress the law.
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